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Buyers become silver surfers

The middle market provides auction highlights from southern England and Scotland

UK dealers buying foreign silver, overseas bidders taking British work and generally solid interest for traditional pieces of mid-ranking silver brightened up the normally quieter late summer sales across the country.

Material from abroad formed a substantial part of the success at Mallams’ (20% buyer’s premium) specialist sale at Oxford on August 27 but it was a quintessentially English piece which led the day: a George I ale jug.

Standing 8in (19.5cm) tall and weighing 28.5oz, the baluster-form vessel with scroll handle was marked for John Gorsuch, London 1726 and was engraved with a crest.

It sold to a UK collector at £5400 against a £2000-3000 estimate.

The Netherlands, Germany and China provided three of the better sellers.

A 17th century beaker was marked for Friesland with the date letter B, probably referring to 1674 or 1696. Standing 4½in (11.5cm) high, it was period engraved with handsome reserves of figures and scrolling foliage borders and a presentation inscription added in the 19th century. It sold to the London trade at a double-top-estimate £3000.

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