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The third tranche of the Devizes offering on May 18 includes these two ‘bouchon à cage’ models, above, estimated at £2500-3000 each. Probably both made in 18th century France, one has a bronze cage and a worm helix, the other is silver and has an Archimedean screw.

Whisky to watch out for

Fellows’ upcoming Watch Sale on April 2 features a Louis Moinet stainless steel watch, above, containing a capsule of single malt whisky distilled in Glenlivet in 1862. The Swiss watchmaking brand made 50 of these watches (40 in steel and 10 in gold) each with a whisky capsule placed on the 3 o’clock mark. The estimate is £12,000-18,000.

Fellows sold similar limited edition watches by Speake-Marin containing the world’s oldest rum – a vial of 1780 Harewood positioned on the 11 hour mark. One took £14,674 in July, the other £16,588 in October.