The miniature shaft and globe bottle from c.1660-70 discovered in the Thames which sold for £3300 at BBR.

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The auction on January 4 at Elsecar, South Yorkshire was one of the first sales of the New Year and this annual event is held alongside the winter fair organised in aid of the Coddswallop Bottle Museum, a collection currently housed at the Elsecar Heritage Centre.

The 3 3/4in (9.5cm) vessel was discovered undamaged on the banks of the Thames in London within the last decade. It had acquired a vibrant coloured patination and iridescence.

Particularly unusual for its diminutive proportions - it sold above estimate at £3300 (plus 12 per cent buyer's premium).

The buyer was the same Midlands collector who had purchased the recently dug Charles II handled shaft and globe or decanter bottle that sold for £21,000 (plus premium) at BBR's sale in July - a record for 'black' glass.