Fantastic prices were achieved at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s landmark Spring Westcountry Sporting Sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Heading the list was a Hardy Bros “Perfect” 3.5 inch fishing reel which sold for £2,500 to a commission bid.

The sale drew an international following with bidders from India, the United States and Ireland attracted by the comprehensive selection of more than 700 lots on offer.

There was also a strong contingent of buyers from across the UK with representatives from Cheshire, Shropshire and Norfolk among the salegoers for this biannual event.

A very large entry of sporting and hunting prints, watercolours and oils tempted an appreciative following.

Prices of note included a £700 phone bid for an atmospheric black and white rendering of a deer park at dusk by Henry E.O. Murray-Dixon. A phone bid also clinched Colonel Mordaunt’s Cock Match at Lucknow by Richard Earlom (1743-1822). This sold for £650.

An appealing bronze group of three terriers on a log by well regarded sculptor Sally Rutherford sold for £600.

A good taxidermy section also proved popular. A majestic stag’s head went for £500 and an impressive pair of antlers made £220.

Another good price was achieved for a bespoke leather “coursing appointments” holder. This had belonged to Clarissa Dickson Wright, the cook of “Two Fat Ladies” television fame and a keen supporter of country pursuits. It sold for £300.

In the silver, jewellery, ceramics and decorative section a set of 12 Royal Copenhagen dinner plates painted with fish went for £420. Also in this section a large Eldridge Pope “Huntsman Ales” printed metal wall sign achieved £350. A copper hunting horn by Kohler & Son of London sold for £300.

Away from the countryside a 1929 Ashes winner’s souvenir gold charm in the form of a cricket ball went for a pleasing £600. This was originally presented to John Cornish White – known as Jack or Farmer. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1929. He captained England and Somerset.

The specialist sale is the first of two biannual Westcountry Sporting Sales held each year by the leading auctioneers. The autumn sale will take place on Friday, October 2.

If you have items to consign or would like more information on this premier event please contact saleroom manager Stuart Triggol on 01823-332525.