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More encouraging was the bidding on a George V pair of silver three-light candelabra with stop-fluted Corinthian columns on square bases and twin scrolled arms with Corinthian capital sockets and gadrooned nozzles. The weighted 18in (46cm) sticks by Walker & Hall, Sheffield, 1919 were estimated at up to £1200 but sold at £2050.

From the same estate came a pair of silver sauceboats by Peter and Anne Bateman, London 1815.

The 21oz, 7 1/2in (19cm) crested boats with bead rims, leaf-capped flying scroll handles and three hoof supports went a little over estimate at £1350.

The response to the furniture at Bristol was described as “patchy” but there were some good enough bids, particularly for oak.

Best of these was a triple-estimate £2400 on a 3ft 5in (1.05m) mid-17th century boarded coffer with a well carved front of twin arcades beneath double scrolls and the initials A.T. flanked by acanthus leaf panels.

There was also a quadruple-estimate £2100 on an early 18th century oak joined side table, with 2ft 11in (89cm) wide moulded-edge top over a frieze drawer with naive floral inlay and, going a little over hopes, £1300 on an early 18th century joined oak dresser base with three geometric fronted panel frieze drawers flanked by split turnings on four column-turned supports with pot platform and on turned feet. Described as South Wales style, this latter went to a South Wales private bidder.

Exotic oddities are frequent features at sales in the old port city, an example here being a Pacific Islands hardwood throwing club which went at £150 to an Australian e-mail bidder.