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Pair of William III silver candlesticks – £6000 at Potteries Auctions.

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“Surplus to requirements from a magnificent Midlands hall, and never having been on the market in generations”, they were engraved with a coat of arms and weighed around 24oz, with hallmarks for London 1699 and the maker’s mark SM under a bird.

Valued for insurance 30 years ago for £6000, they had a guide of £3000-5000 and, indeed, sold at £6000 in Stoke-on-Trent on November 11-13.