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Diamonds proved as solid sellers as ever and a three-stone diamond set ring provided the day’s top price. The central stone, which weighed 1.5 carats, was flanked by two 0.5ct stones, all were claw set on a yellow gold shank and attracted a specialist dealer on the telephone who took the ring at a top-estimate £3000. Another claw set diamond ring with a 1.25ct solitaire cushion cut stone also sold on the top estimate £1800, went to a Torquay private bidder.

The interest shown by the trade mechanical music items surfaced when a mid-19th century Nicole Frères cylinder pianoforte musical box was offered. The box, 2ft (61cm) had a marquetry inlaid rosewood grained lid and the instrument, a 17in (43cm) cylinder No. 27,470 which played on two combs was in good working order with no broken or replacement teeth. A local collector beat all comers, including the underbidder phoning from Lancashire, with a bid of £2200.
Evidence of the widespread following of Clarice Cliff came when a Newport pottery pencil holder of a 7in (18cm) high golly in an orange jacket and red striped trousers went to a Sussex collector at £2100 – underbid by a specialist Australian dealer.

Michael J. Bowman, Newton Abbot, July 7
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent