Victorian corkscrew with brass stem and turned bone handle by Robert Jones and Son, Birmingham, dated 8th October 1840 – £1000 at David Duggleby.

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His first patented corkscrew, registered two years previously in 1840 is seen more frequently but is a rare beast nonetheless. A nice example, consigned from a local source, turned up at the Scarborough saleroom of  David Duggleby (12.5% buyer's premium) on February 10. It sold to a Wiltshire buyer at £1000 (estimate £600-800). 

Pictures were the strongest suit of this sale, and will be covered in a future issue, but it is worth noting a George III yew wood Windsor chair with a low back and a crinoline stretcher. 

According to Bernard Cotton's  The English Regional Chair, it is of a type associated with Retford c.1800-1820 although it will remain in Yorkshire. It sold to a private buyer from Scarborough at £1100. 

A more standard form, but diminutive in size, was a 19th century child's yew and elm Windsor, just 2ft 2in (66cm) high, which sold at £620.

Ceramics provided the sale with its sleeper. Missed by the auctioneers, who were instructed to sell quickly, was a 15in (38cm) Charles Vyse, Chelsea period figure of a boy with a parrot and a cat around 15in (38cm) high. It sold at £1100 but still looked reasonable.