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Part of a large consignment of inkwells from the late Bob Davidson’s wide-ranging and extensive collection – swathes of which have been previously dispersed in the last year or so at BBR – the 2 1/2 x 2 3/4in (6.5cm x 7cm) piece took the form of the bonneted head and shoulders of an ungainly looking woman modelled with a gaping mouth. A UK collector pursued her to £520.

Also selling on colour, it was the dark green tinge to one of a pair of early Hamilton glass bottles which propelled this £30-40 entry to £560.

However, the most expensive lot was an 8in (20cm) tall Geo Jeff & Co ginger beer bottle. Given that these bottles were regularly refilled and re-used, the near-perfect condition of this example was unusual and saw it fetch £900.

Elsewhere, a healthy price was also bid for a 19th century blue and white ceramic equivalent to the 21st century’s sterilised plastic baby bottle.

Foremost in a collection of four feeders was a 6 3/4in (17cm) bottle decorated with flowers, butterflies and insects that would originally have used a pickled cow’s udder as a teat.

In good condition, it contributed £420 to the £43,820 overall hammer total.