Enjoy unlimited access: just £1 for 12 weeks

Subscribe now

Egan, who was awarded the Royal Warrant by George IV, is famed for inventing a new type of harp called the Royal Portable, which was smaller and easier to tune, but this privately consigned, double-action example was one of his large earlier instruments.

Standing 5ft 7in (1.7m) high, it had a gilded reeded column support and a replacement sound board decorated with harps and shamrock.

Its brass plate was inscribed no.2120 J.Egan, 30 Dawson Street, Dublin. All enough to bring a winning bid of £3200 from an amateur lady harpist.

Although the harp stole the limelight, the 1000-lot outing also included private collections of vintage prams and children’s tea and dinner services, both consigned by one vendor.

Three or four collectors dominated bidding for the 27-lot pram dispersal and, although a number were bought in, they all found buyers immediately after the sale.

The most expensive buggy was the Victorian 5ft 2in (1.57m) long, metal-sprung, carved-wood pram, right, with a folding hood and twin turned wood handles which fetched £480.

Best of the children’s crockery was an early 19th century English pearlware tea service in good condition and comprising a teapot, sugar bowl, five tea bowls, six saucers and a slop bowl which took a winning bid of £380.