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Signed to the dial and engraved to the backplate Cha’s Frodsham & Co To the Queen 84 Strand No. 1319, it featured a movement with twin fusees and gilt escapement platform striking on the half hour.

An extra attraction was the fine condition of the original red leather travelling box and original key – both labelled for Frodsham.

An extra attraction was the fine condition of the original red leather travelling box and original key – both labelled for Frodsham.

Competition quickly went past the £8000 top estimate and ended with a winning bid of £19,500. “You’ve really wrung the nuts out of that,” the underbidder told auctioneer Duncan Chilcott – trade parlance for a price close to retail.

The buyer, however, knew not only what he had got but why it was worth it. Philip Whyte, a director of Frodsham Clocks, was the successful phone bidder and the clock is bound for the museum archives at the firm’s premises in St James’s.

Miniature ‘longcase’

From a giant small clock to a dwarf longcase: the eight-day clock above, in a 3ft 6in (1.08m) tall figured mahogany case, was offered at David Duggleby (20% buyer’s premium) in Scarborough on November 18.

Variously described as apprentice pieces, salesman samples or shop-window advertising, miniature furniture has long had its admirers.

This clock, signed B. Glover Gildersome St. Leeds to the painted enamel dial, tripled top expectations to sell at £1800 – more than many a full-scale run-of-the-mill longcase can command these days.