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Cottrell, fondly known to many as ‘Mr Copper’, had a long-standing ambition to write a book about his collection, called Wibbly Wobbly, and his four sons asked Bellmans to put together a special catalogue of the same name to accompany the sale hosted on thesaleroom.com. A charity soiree on the evening of July 3 included chef Mark Hix’s Pimms and strawberry jelly shots followed by a presentation by food historian Ivan Day.

The majority of lots were sold in the £50-150 price bracket. However, some more substantial sums emerged for rarities such as the £950 tendered for a large 15in (36cm) oval pie mould with hinged sides embossed with a pannier of fruit and flowers, pictured above, and bids up to £450 for some of the best ‘turret’ moulds.

The oval ‘Belgrave’ mould with six crown topped towers also pictured above, possibly by Temple & Reynolds, took £400.