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The day got off to a fine start when a late Victorian necklace of graduated lozenge-shaped drops from a closed link chain took £2900 against top hopes of £300. And although there was nothing outstanding among the ensuing silver, the rugs section provided its usual surprise in the form of a 20ft by 16ft (6 x 4.90m) Turkey green-ground carpet.

Decorated with multi-coloured medallions, it took £7500 against a £1200-1800 estimate.

The top selling furniture went more according to expectations. A George III mahogany serpentine chest of four long graduated drawers with crossbanded top and ribbon swag oval handles took £6200 against a top estimate of £5000.

A George III Hepplewhite-style satinwood bowfront chest with oval paterae and marquetry foliate swag decoration was a disappointment at a below-estimate £2000 but among the compensations was a Directoire kingwood and parquetry commode.

With a variegated marble top above three long drawers flanked by cupboards, the 4ft 5in (1.35m) wide piece was estimated at up to £1500 but sold at £3900.

Among the manuscripts which closed the day, a 1626 New and Accurate Map of the World with twin spheres, earth, fire wind and air by John Speed took £5600.