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Complete with its fishskin case, the globe, with celestial charts decorated with symbolic representations of the constellations and asterisms, was, said the auctioneer, George Kidner, “a little worn, but not bad for its age”, and it sold to a specialist dealer at £4800.

The same buyer also took a good 19th century 19 x 131/2in (40 x 30cm) woolwork picture depicting a steam-and-sail British warship on a calm blue sea at £3400.

“Woolwork pictures with ships seem to be doing well at the moment,” commented Mr Kidner after the sale.
Sold at £2800 was a set of jockey scales by Avery, featuring a mahogany body raised upon turned supports, button-back seat and brass scale held in a cast-iron upstand with a set of graduated brass weights. “It’s a sign of the times when a set of jockey scales makes more than a chest of drawers,” said Mr Kidner.