Crouching cat pin cushion by Adie and Lovekin, £1200 at Kinghams.

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It was put together by Matthew Lafite, who has recently joined the Moreton-in-Marsh firm from Australia.

Novelty silver proved popular with a menagerie of zoomorphic pin cushions performing well.

A standing bull (Cohen and Charles, Birmingham 1906) made £500, and an emu pulling a mother-of-pearl cart (Adie & Lovekin, Birmingham 1912) sold for £520.

However, the star lot was an Edwardian silver pin cushion modelled in the form of a crouching cat (Adie and Lovekin, Birmingham, 1901), which was contested by two phone bidders to £1200.


Swan’s head scent bottle by Sampson Mordan, £2600 at Kinghams.

A Victorian novelty silver scent bottle by Sampson Mordan (London 1884) hammered at £2600. Modelled in the form of a swan’s head, it is a version better known in Webb cameo glass with just the stopper made in silver.


Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr inkwell, £2400 at Kinghams.

A fine example of a piece of Arts & Crafts silver from the workshop of Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr was hotly contested, rising to £2400 online. The inkwell was inset with a natural turquoise cabochon finial and was fully hallmarked for London 1909 and typically inscribed.

A Maltese sugar bowl, of typical form, dating from the de Rohan period, c.1785 and marked AT for Aloisio Troisi, sold to an online buyer for £2600. The piece is now being repatriated to Malta.