A lifetime's collection of Beswick cattle and horse models from an Aberystwyth vendor sold for £5,700 at auction Shrewsbury yesterday.

The collection, which was inherited by the vendors, went under the hammer at Halls' successful collectable ceramics and interiors auction at the company's Battlefield salerooms.

Primarily of different cattle breeds, the collection included some rare examples, including two models of Dairy Shorthorn cow 'Eaton Wild Eyes 91 St, which sold for £420 and £340.

Other leading prices from the collection were £270 and £200 for two models of Dairy Shorthorn bull 'Gwersylt Lord Oxford 74th', £230 for a Hereford cow and calf, £210 for an Aberdeen Angus calf and £190 for four Ayrshire cows.

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The auction also featured a collection of 44 modern Royal Crown Derby paperweights in the form of animals, which were consigned by a local vendor and fetched nearly £1,700. Top prices went to seven paperweights of Teddy Bears in the form of schoolboys and schoolgirls, which made £140 and a horse, 'Falabella', which made £130.

The paperweights ranged from birds to a kangaroo, zebra, crocodile, cows, an otter and a badger. Some were limited editions exclusively made for Harrods and Sinclairs.

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Another leading price was £700 for an extensive 1960s Minton 'Green Cockatrice' pattern tea, coffee and dinner service with more than 200 pieces, which were in excellent condition and came from a Staffordshire vendor.

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A pottery bust modelled as the head of a young child draped in a headdress by Phoebe Stabler, of Poole Pottery fame, sold for £500. Stabler is photographed in Leslie Hayward's book 'Poole Pottery' with a similar bust in her Hammersmith garden.

Other notable prices were £480 for a Lalique frosted glass model of a Falcon, £290 for a 1932 Aynsley Butterfly Wing handle coffee service and £230 for five Coalport Millennium Ball Collection figures.

Caroline Dennard, Halls' collectable ceramics specialist, was delighted with the interest generated by the auction, as most lots were contested by bidders in the saleroom and online.

"Just a dozen of the lots on offer in the collectable ceramics section didn't sell, which underlines the interest and competitive bidding," she said. "I would love to see more collections of Beswick, paperweights and other collectable ceramics because we have shown that there is a market for them."

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