Dolland telescope sold at HRD Auction Rooms for £12,000.

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Topping the day was this Dolland 4in (10cm) mahogany and brass telescope, above, on reeded tripod support complete with carrying case and lenses.

Dolland of London became one of the great names in optical instruments since it was founded in 1750, but the firm produced so many telescopes that examples can be had for high three-figure sums.

This example was mid-19th century and guided at £1500-2000. Although fairly early and in fine condition, it was still a considerable surprise to see it go to an American bidder at £12,000.

The auctioneers HRD came into being in June as an amalgamation of Island Auction Rooms of Shanklin and Hose Rhodes of Brading. Sales will continue at both venues until a new saleroom is established.

The Islands Auctions 10-year tradition of holding high-quality and maritime sales for Cowes Week will continue.

Sextant and binoculars

The August sale included a brass and gun-metal sextant by Cary, London, No. 3262, complete with original lenses and mahogany carrying case which tripled the top estimate at £1500. A 20th century pair of Leviathan 25 x 100 naval binoculars, model Q45J, sold at £1400 (estimate £200-300).

Non-maritime material included a briefly catalogued walnut-cased penny-in-the-slot symphonion and undated Chinese hardwood corner chair.

The symphonion, on fall front storage stand containing nine 19in (48.5cm) diameter discs, doubled hopes at £4500 and the corner cupboard, ornately carved with pierced prunus decoration to the back, made £2000 against a £200-300 estimate.