Channel Islands silver coffee pot – £4900 at Piers Motley.

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An engraved inscription to the base suggests its first owner was Jeanne Le Couteur, the mother of General Helier Touzel (1779-1865), the only Jerseyman to have risen to the rank of full general in the British army.

It came for sale at Piers Motley (18% buyer’s premium) in Exmouth on November 22-23, from a descendent of the original owner.

Jersey silver carries a significant premium over London-made pieces of the same period. With a solder repair around the base, it was estimated to bring £3500-6000 and that guide proved spot-on when it sold at £4900.