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Best silver seller was a two-handled rectangular serving tray with cast handles and marks for JR & S, Sheffield 1937. Against a £300-500 estimate, the 60oz tray took £850.

Also exceeding their estimate were a pair of candlesticks with marks for Birmingham 1904. The sticks, which were each 111/2in (29.5cm) high, had a beaded and canted detachable sconce and reeded Corinthian columns. With hopes of up to £350 they brought £600.

Jewellery was also selling well at this pre-Christmas sale, the top seller being a gentleman’s ring set with a single old brilliant cut diamond and weighing approximately 0.9ct. It brought the top estimate £800.

Twentieth century collectable ceramics were popular especially Moorcroft. An ovoid Moorcroft Macintyre miniature vase of 23/4in (7cm) high had been discovered during a routine local house clearance. The vase, which was decorated with the Honesty pattern in tones of blue, had two slight chips to its foot but still exceeded expectations to bring £750.
Topping the furniture was a George III oak dresser with a plate rack with a moulded pediment above a wavy frieze. Against a £2000-2500 estimate the dresser was a trade buy at £3300.

Wintertons, Lichfield
November 28-29
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent