Although in restoration condition it retained much of its earlier charm - the door was inset with an oval plaque with enamelled decoration of young lovers in a classical landscape. It sold for a far from shabby £2,200.

A gorgeous 1930s diamond ring had a much more show-stopping appearance. Thought to be American it featured a brilliant cut of approximately 0.87 carats enclosed by single cut diamonds and a baguette to each shoulder. It fetched £1,500.

The sale was dominated by an impressive run of Saturno silver and enamel animal figures. These diminutive items captivated the internet, phone lines and bidders in the room. Together they sold for a mammoth sum of £8,298. Highlights including a set of six rather dear deer, which made £950 and a room bidder secured a set of tortoises for £420.

A rare ivory and nine carat gold mounted conductor’s baton fashioned in London in 1907 struck the right note with a buyer who secured it for £650.

An attractive 18-carat gold half hunter pocket watch with London import marks for 1907 sold for £600, while a 15 carat watch chain made £650.

A large patinated metal figure of a centaur wrestling with a goat on a marble plinth sold for £550 and an Edwardian three piece upholstered suite went for £620.

Further entries are now being accepted for the monthly antiques sale on Thursday, April 7. The Spring Sporting Sale will take place on Friday, April 8. Entries for this specialist sale are closed.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, from 9am-1pm. There is no need to book and there is plenty of parking on site. The auctioneers also offer free home visits by appointment. For more information please contact the salerooms on (01823) 332525.