Sadly it was a case of “the one that got away” as he was beaten to the rod by another bidder, but it just goes to show the appeal and wide reach of this prestigious biannual event.

Saturno silver and enamel figures have proved a real hit in The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, of late. This time a range of different animals from a deceased estate had salegoers bidding avidly. The menagerie fetched a total of £3,860. Best price was £700 from a room bidder for a graduated set of three Saturno silver and enamel giraffes.

An impressive stag’s head saw two phone lines locked in battle for ownership, but it was an internet bidder that came out on top with a decisive claim of £600. A lion’s head, believed to be originally part of a rug, sold for £380 also to a net bidder.

The large picture section enjoyed some notable prices including £400 from a phone bidder for an oil painting of a terrier by J.A. Wheeler.

Not far behind was a Snaffles colour print – “The Glad Through That Goes Laughing Along” which went to a room bidder for £380. The same price was achieved for a pair of Frank Southgate monochrome watercolours of Black Duck Shooting.

A breezy, watercolour caricature of the Queen and other members of the Royal family aboard a horse by Michael Foreman sold to an internet bidder for £300.
A room bidder bought a Hardy Bros 3 ½ inch fishing reel in used condition for £450. The same figure secured a set of bar billiards. A brass coaching horn by renowned makers Boosey & Co, Regent Street, London, contained in its own leather sleeve, sold for £320.

There was a strong showing from Beswick in the ceramics section – a Leghorn Cockerel sold for £190, six figures of ducks, all marked on the base approved by Peter Scott, made £180 and a set of four deer went for £100.

An attractive set of four silver menu holders by Grey & Co, Birmingham, 1909, featuring miniature watercolours of various game birds made £200. A pitch pine saddle horse sold for £380 and a conical glass-hunting flask achieved £160, while a selection of assorted hunt buttons fetched £110.

Riding whips and sticks enjoyed particularly good prices – a gentleman’s hunting whip went for £170, while an unusual Indian Colonial walking cane with embossed silver coloured handle with elephant finial sold for £150. A smart pair of gents black leather riding boots with links to the 9th Gurkas – an engraved ivorine plaque read: “H.W. Seton Esq, 9th Gurkhas,” Patent No 5582, Peal & Co, London, sold for £100 to an internet bid.

The successful Sporting Sale is expertly put together by Saleroom Manager Stuart Triggol and plans are already in place for the Autumn Sporting Sale, which takes place on Friday, October 7.

However if you cannot wait until October there is a strong sporting section in next month’s antiques sale on Thursday, May 5. For more information or to consign an item please call Stuart Triggol at the salerooms on (01823) 332525.