An early 20th Century old cut diamond and sapphire lavaliere necklace was the star performer in an antiques sale laced with standout prices at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom.

The necklace set in unmarked white metal with the pendant decorated with numerous small old cut diamonds of varying sizes and two peacock blue sapphires drew many admirers at pre-sale viewings.

The internet and phone bidders were all keen to possess this special piece with bidding beginning briskly. Eventually the hammer came down at £1,800 – the top price of the day.

A number of high calibre items consigned from a single estate ensured a particularly strong jewellery section.

A 9ct rose gold double Albert chain attracted keen interest and three phone lines sought possession. It sold for £850.

A modern opal and diamond cluster ring went for £750, while a vintage, cherry amber bead necklace sold for £300.

Other notable prices included £1,450 from a phone bidder for an impressive looking Austrian gold 100 Corona coin in a 9ct gold mount and chain.

Austrian 100 Corona coins were produced between 1908 and 1914 and dated accordingly. Official re-strikes like the one in the Taunton sale bear the date of 1915.

The coins feature an impressive Austrian coat of arms and double-headed eagle on the reverse and Emperor Franz Joseph I on the obverse.

A Victorian Sovereign from 1873 sold for £800 and a set of 12 Paragon cups and saucers with floral and gilt decoration went for £700, while a gentleman’s J.W.Benson wristwatch made £620.

The next sale takes place on Thursday, November 3. To consign items please call the salerooms on 01823 332525.