A RECORD turnout on July 13 gave the Hampshire auctioneers Jacobs & Hunt reason to hope that the market is finally beginning to perk up although it was more specialist items, rather than general furniture, which were of most interest.

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