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Not that this switch did the sale’s fortunes any harm. In fact, there was a rousing response from local private buyers to the jewellery – where a solitaire diamond ring of approximately 2.2cts was purchased at £5300 and a baguette cut sapphire and diamond ring went at £1600.

Among the horology, a 22ct gold repoussé verge pocket watch by Rivers & Son made £1200, a 1950s cocktail watch with a Swiss-made Cortina movement and a total diamond count of 4.5ct attracted £2200 and a quarter repeating pocket watch of 18ct gold by Dwerrihouse and Carter sold at £1900.

Among the glass, a pair of reproduction cranberry glass table lustres with scalloped rings, vases and columns on circular bases, each hung with 10 crystal drops and measuring 123/4in (32cm) high, made £450 while a Loetz vase of trumpet shape decorated with iridescent waves of blue and green sold to the Southern England trade at £540.

An ample selection of fishing tackle from two deceased estates in the locality provided Mr Railton with a good, clean Hardy Perfect which reeled in £150 and a Malloch patent winch reel, 41/2in (11.5cm) wide, which together with a Salmon fly reel by the same maker sold at £250.

Jim Railton, Gosforth, April 14
Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent