TWO delightful early 19th Century novelty enamelled snuff boxes or bonbonieres were among the hits at the August antiques sale at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, featured a comprehensive range of lots from jewellery and watches through silver and ceramics to furniture and collectors items.

The novelty boxes – one modelled as a spaniel seated on a cushion and the other as a head of a Dalmatian – captivated an online bidder. They were bought for £900.

Another bonboniere – this one consigned from a deceased estate – also proved appealing. Modelled as a roosting hen decorated in bright colours this cheerful piece sold for £420.

The collectors section included a number of quirky offerings and posted a fine set of prices including £1,200 for a large quantity of radio valves, contained in four boxes, which included an STC 42125.

A collection of 14 pipes made £400, while The Wayes Of The Crosse or The Way to True Knowledge, written in French and translated into English, printed in Paris1676 sold for £350.

Not far behind was a piece of social history – a domestic servant bell indicator box, which went for £300, while a Trinks-Brunsviga calculator, circa 1922, sold for £130.

There were some solid performances in the furniture section. Of note was a large oak pew, the ends carved with Gothic decoration and fleur-de-lys finials, which sold for £420. An oak refectory table in 17th Century style went for £400.

A super late Victorian diamond flowerhead brooch/pendant, which adorned the front of the auction catalogue was bought by an online buyer for £2,800.

A room bidder proved successful with an Italian bi-colour gold “honeycomb” broad bracelet, which was secured for £1,380.

Attention now turns to September when the saleroom will play host to two auctions – the regular monthly sale on Thursday, September 5, and the quarterly collectors’ sale on Friday, September 6.

For more information and to consign items to these sales please ring the saleroom on 01823 332525.