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He added: “This is encouraging given the fact that the Oxford shop has been there for 23 years and is three times the size of Sidmouth.”

Caroline Henney, a long-time jewellery dealer at Antiques on High said: “I think Sidmouth has benefited from lots of seaside visitors while cultural Oxford has been ‘closed’ in many respects.

“It’s often people who are here in Oxford for the history and culture who appreciate Antiques on High Oxford the most.”

Henney has noticed a trend in her sales in both the centres. “More people are buying brooches, particular designer ones and especially the work of the Parisian designer Léa Stein. It’s harder to wear necklaces and dangly earrings in a face mask but a brooch can boost the mood of the wearer and the people who see it.”