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The year-going facility behind the arched silvered dial not only made this clock easy to maintain, but it was also rare and highly sought after. From the deceased estate of a clock dealer, it went at £15,000, to a local general dealer.

A post-war set of 12 Chippendale-style mahogany dining chairs topped the furniture at £4500, while an Edwardian satinwood armchair, with caned sides and a back inset with a painted panel of a child, soared past hopes of £750-1000 to bring £1800.

Surprise result of the sale was the £1000 bid for two black-painted tin railway lamps, marked London Brighton Railway and SRA, estimated at £40-60 because, says saleroom manager Kevin Smith, “that is how valuable these lamps normally are”.