Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt began October with a flourish as close to 1,000 lots went under the hammer at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

It was also a bumper day for charity as a well-supported cake sale netted over £100 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

There was a large entry of jewellery and silver at this month’s auction, which attracted fine prices from bidders online, on the phone and in the saleroom.

Amongst the silver the highlight proved to be a “flowerpot” … at least this is what the vendor remembers it as, before it was left to languish in a garage over 50 years ago!

It turned out to be a rare George II Scottish, silver, bullet shaped teapot by Archibald Ure, Edinburgh, 1736.

This teapot was made during the early years of Charles Edward Stuart and about 10 years before, as “Bonnie Prince Charlie” he led the Jacobite Rising of 1745 to defeat at Culloden in April 1746.

Following spirited bidding in the room, on the internet and on the phone the hammer finally came down at £1,250 and a room bidder claimed the historic teapot.

A delightful, modern and unusual 18ct yellow sapphire and diamond oval cluster ring was the pick among the jewellery. It found a discerning local buyer who fought the room and the internet to secure the item for £3,210.

It was another good day for watches. A net bidder snapped up a superb 18ct gold Omega, Constellation, gentleman’s bracelet watch, circa 1971 for £2,850.

The monthly sale is not just about “big ticket” prices. There are plenty of examples of craftsmanship and glimpses of history on offer.

A beautiful rose and diamond brooch in the form of a mandolin or bouzouki showcased the late Victorian’s talent for ingenuity. Despite having one string missing it still enchanted buyers and sold for £300.

A Spanish silver eight reales – oft quoted by parrots on pirates shoulders as one of the “pieces of eight!” – and among a haul of silver coins saved from the shipwreck of the Hollandia found off the Isles of Scilly in 1971 fetched a respectable £175.

An appealing modern silver model of a Labrador by Mappin & Webb of London sold well in excess of its estimate at £300.

The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, November 7, and will feature a specialist section of books and maps. To consign items please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.