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The star turn was a three-part postcard album containing approximately 80 cat cards by Louis Wain (1860-1939).

Wain, of course, is as much sought after these days as he was at his turn-of-the-century height – thanks in no small way to London gallery owner Chris Beetles – and the fact that he took feline anthropomorphism to the extent that in his last years he believed he was a cat himself, has merely added to his appeal. His postcards remain just about within modest collectors’ budgets but at Honiton the 80 required an enthusiast to go to £1850.

Almost immediately preceding this winning lot was a large family album of approximately 510 postcards and advertising cards including Milk Maid, Fry’s Cocoa, Nestle’s Swiss Milk and Cadbury’s. The trade bid a double estimate £1250 predominantly for the advertising cards that were in good condition.

Spirited bidding on these entries, however, was soon followed by a run of unsold lots mainly for the run-of-the-mill topographical UK postcards in the £50-200 range.

Postcards aside, other highlights included an Edward VIII Fieldings Crown Devon musical jug commemorating the coronation. But, unusually it also marked the date of the King’s abdication – December 1936 – ensuring it sold well above estimate to a private collector at £660.

Bonhams, West Country, February 9
Buyer’s premium: 15/10 per cent