Charles II sugar box, £19,000 at Mellors & Kirk.

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It was this that set it apart from the small number of others offered at auction in recent years.

Probably last on the market a century ago, it is engraved with an armorial crest and fully marked to the rim, lid and hasp for London 1681 and the maker’s mark with a mullet and two pellets below.

Estimated at £10,000-15,000 on September 16, it took £19,000.