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1) Jewellery discovered next to joint of meat in a freezer to be offered at Wiltshire auction

A cache of antiquarian jewellery discovered next to a joint of meat in an old freezer will be offered at auction in Wiltshire this month.


A selection of the antiquarian jewellery offered at Kidson-Trigg.

2) Legal bid to stop Ivory Act fails – but dealers and collectors are considering an appeal

A High Court challenge by dealers and collectors to a new UK law ushering in a near-total ban on antique ivory has failed, but an appeal is possible.

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The Royal Courts of Justice in London, where the Court of Appeal will hear the case against the Ivory Act 2018 and its near-total ban on trade in antique ivory.

3) Queen Anne bracket clock, Godwin table and Roman glass bowls – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights includes a Queen Anne bracket clock made by Francis Robinson that more than doubled estimate.

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Francis Robinson bracket clock – £15,000 at East Bristol Auctions.

4) Bourne Mill Antiques Centre in Surrey reopens as a 'lifestyle business' four years after devastating fire

One of Surrey’s landmark antiques businesses, the Bourne Mill Antique Centre, is to reopen, four years after a fire devastated the Grade II-listed building and following a dispute with the building’s insurers.

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Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, housed in a landmark Grade II-listed 17th century building on the road into Farnham, Surrey, will reopen on Monday, November 4. “We’re located on the Silicon Corridor, so we should attract affluent people looking for one-of-a-kind items,” says centre manager, Sharon Currie.

5) Martinware: Return of Avery’s ʻlost’ menagerie

‘Dream’ Martin Brothers cache from family of factory patron surfaces for sale in Berkshire.


The top-priced lot in Dawson’s sale of a Martinware collection was this triple-bird group which realised £32,000.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period October 31-November 6, 2019.