Beautiful rings dominated proceedings at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s well-supported antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

A couple of diamond solitaire rings set the tone for a good run of jewellery. First up was an early 20th Century diamond solitaire ring of approximately 1.7cts. Bidding began briskly at £1,400 and swiftly climbed to £2,800 with a room bidder clinching the special piece.

The other ring, a vintage diamond solitaire ring of approximately 1.2cts, which adorned the front cover of the catalogue also created a buzz with bidding beginning at £900. It featured an indistinct maker’s mark, possibly that of well-regarded jewellers Mappin and Webb. It sold to the room for £2,100.

Other prices of note in this section included £2,700 for an early 20th Century gold curb link bracelet hung with eight sovereigns and three half sovereigns which fetched £2,700. A vintage continental yellow metal and cultured pearl bracelet went for £500.

An early 20th Century light oak haberdasher’s cabinet was a highlight of the furniture section. Fitted with 16 glass-fronted drawers above four further drawers it was bought by a phone bidder for £600.

Another good performer was a Chinese vase, which initially had not been destined for the sale. It was atop a bookcase, which the vendor was keen to sell and had sent in a picture to the saleroom for the auctioneers’ thoughts.

As soon as valuer Simon Rayner saw the image he suspected the vase was Chinese and so it proved. The porcelain rouleau vase with Greek key border to rim with an underglaze blue painted decoration along with a four character mark to the base signifying its Oriental origins sold for £550 to an online bidder.

March will see two sales the regular antiques sale on Thursday, March 5, and the first of the quarterly collectors sales on March 6. Entries are being accepted for both these sales.

Items may also be consigned for the biannual sporting sale, which takes place on Thursday, April 2. For more information on this auction please contact Stuart Triggol, who organises the sale, on 07860 928797.