Castle-top card cases with Bevis Marks Synagogue relief.

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The Bevis Marks Synagogue in London was built by Joseph Avis, a Quaker, for the Sephardic Jews and opened in 1701.

It is the oldest synagogue still in use in Britain, although when Nathaniel Mills made this card case depicting an exterior view of the building in 1845 it was perhaps as a special commission rather than a commercial line.

It was the unexpected highpoint of the sale of jewellery, silver, watches, coins and medals conducted by Newbury auctioneers Dreweatt Neate (17.5% buyer's premium) at the Donnington Priory salerooms on July 6.

The unusual subject matter was of sufficient interest to have attracted silver enthusiasts and card case collectors, but the auctioneers were of the opinion that the Jewish interest helped to push it to £8000 (estimate £800-1200).

The price appears to be an auction record for a castle-top card case.

In all, 531 or 88 per cent of the sale's 602 lots sold for a total of £252,200.