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The highlight from the Ransom estate was a George II faded walnut bureau. Its crossbanded and herringbone inlaid fall front enclosed a fitted interior, and it had four graduated drawers above original bracket feet. Estimated at £3000-5000, it sold to a private buyer at £5100.

From the same consignment came a pair of 18th century carved giltwood wall mirrors surmounted by Prince of Wales plumes, 5ft 33/4in by 21/2ft (1.6m x 62cm).

Despite some alterations, this decorative pair left their estimate standing and were bid to £4000 by an Irish gentleman.

The succeeding entry, a pair of 18/19th century Continental carved giltwood wall mirrors, 3ft 91/2in by 2ft (1.16m x 62cm), also doubled modest expectations when they sold to a private Lincolnshire buyer at £2300.

Consigned from a different vendor, a London bidder staked his claim for a set of four George III hallmarked silver wine coasters, by London maker Robert Hennel RH, 1777 and 1789.

Engraved with a crest and a rampant lion, they had turned wooden bases, measured 43/4in (12 cm) in diameter, and brought £3500.

Thos. Mawer, Lincoln, September 26
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent