Five Victorian oil lamps from a large collection sold by Fellows as part of a timed online sale that closed on March 15. They sold for (l to r): £145, £110, £130, £240, £340.

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The 66 lamps, the epitome of Victorian fashion, generated surprising levels of interest from a core group of collectors.

Against a total low estimate of £3100, they sold in Birmingham for an overall hammer price of £9100.

Some fine examples of the form in coloured glass with column bases were on offer – several featured in a TikTok video created by the auction house that documented the thorough cleaning of the collection, which had previously been stored in an outbuilding.

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The top individual price of £340 was bid twice, first for a lamp with a brass corinthian column base, cranberry reservoir and cranberry-tinted, acid-etched shade (estimate £50-80) and another (pictured above with others) with a silver-plated column base, cut-glass reservoir and acid-etched glass shade (guide £60-100).