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Totalling £8772 from some 60 lots, the collection included no fewer than three late-19th century cast-iron, brass and copper corking machines.

This particular example, right, derived from C. Brossalaer’s revolutionary ‘Improved Apparatus for Corking Bottles, Jars and other Vessels’, sold to a specialist dealer in oenological material for £360 against an estimate of £100-200.