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The 3ft 3in (99cm) bow front barometer offered at Sworders at Stansted Mountfichet on July 12 was in less-than-perfect condition.

The urn finial was a replacement, there was damage and restoration to the sides beneath the pediment and some fading and splitting to the veneers.

Nevertheless, it was a good-looking piece by a respected maker, W & S Jones of Holborn, and, against a solid
£1000-1500 estimate, it ended up selling for £3700.

The buyer's premium was 20%