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Leading the day was a George IV mahogany extending dining table with two extra leaves. Measuring 7ft 7in by 4ft 2in (2.31 x 1.27m) it had eight turned and reeded supports with the central supports on extending telescopic frames. Against an estimate of £2000-2500 it sold at £6500.

Early walnut remains in demand but must be in – as it very rarely is – pretty much original quality, unaltered and unrestored, to make really big money.

Here an 18th century chest on stand with moulded cornice above two short and three long drawers all with feather banding and brass plate and loop handles, failed to reach the bottom estimate to bring £1400.

Best of the lower-range furniture was a Victorian shaped sofa with an exposed carved rosewood frame and deep buttoned back sprung seat. It went at £680.

Silver and jewellery was led by
a platinum crossover ring set
with two diamonds each weighing approximately 3/4ct which was chased to £1650 while a 20th century silver cased open-faced pocket watch with a quarter repeating movement more than doubled the top estimate to bring £270.

A number of Oriental pieces were included in the sale.
An ivory okimono group of tumblers together with three okimonos of seated men took £320; three Japanese lacquered panels all inlaid with carved bone doubled the top estimate to bring £230, and a Japanese ivory okimono of a gourd harvester together with another of a fisherman made £210.

D.M. Nesbit & Company, Southsea, June 13
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent