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The top price did come among the furniture but for a much in-demand item – a Regency gilt-framed convex wall mirror in original unrestored condition which arrived at the saleroom in pieces. On reassembly, it was found to be missing some fittings but it still took a trade bid of £2300.

A strength of the sale was a single collection of antique pistols. A flintlock pistol by the great Joseph Manton sold to a collector in the room at £2200. Other notable prices in the collection included the £2000 taken for two George III Sea Service pistols and the £1100 raised for a pair of flintlock pistols by Wheeler of Dublin.

Another niche market, that of philately, was well catered for. From a local deceased estate came a collection of stamps which included several Penny Blacks. The set took £2100.

Jacobs & Hunt, Petersfield, July 13
Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent