An early 18th century baluster, estimated at £200-300 at Catherine Southon.

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The late owner was collecting for close to 50 years, having bought his first piece, an 18th century twist stem cordial glass, from an antique centre in Guilford in the 1970s.

Most of the collection will be sold in group lots with a few glasses offered singly. The early 18th century baluster pictured above is one of two in the sale. It has a guide of £200-300.

John Towse collection


Baluster glass goblet, c.1715, estimated at £1000-1500 at Woolley & Wallis.

There are 200 lots of antique glass in the Woolley & Wallis sale of British & Continental Ceramics & Glass in Salisbury on April 26.

In particular, it includes pieces from esteemed collector John Towse such as this rare 7in (18cm) baluster glass goblet, c.1715.

The round funnel bowl is finely engraved in diamond point with Robert Buxton at the Oxford Inn Exon in gothic script. The Oxford Inn mentioned was probably in the Exeter area, possibly near to the smaller town of Exton.

Several hostelries of this name are recorded in the West Country, where Buxton is a fairly common surname; unlike in the Derbyshire area where it is also found in the early 18th century.

Well-known in academic circles, the goblet is estimated at £1000-1500.