THE full gamut of collectibles was on display at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent quarterly collectors’ sale from the macabre – a field surgeon’s post mortem kit – to the nostalgic charms of diecast models and precious dolls.

Once again auctioneer Dr Peter Rixon had put together an eclectic mix to appeal to a wide range of collectors in person, online and on the phones at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

A carved wooden roundabout chicken by CJ Spooner circa 1890 was one of the more unusual offerings and featured towards the end of the 300-plus lots in this well supported sale. An enthusiastic room bidder paid, inclusive of commission, £1,975 for this special fowl.

A more traditional lot came in the form of a bisque socket head doll with a long blonde wig and brown eyes in its original box. It was by renowned French maker Jumeau and was also secured by a room bidder, who paid £1,727.

Coins are consistently popular on the collectors’ circuit and a run of South African Krugerrands from 1981 outperformed their estimates and went for a combined total of £4,300.

An autograph album circa 1955-56 containing various motor racing and other sporting signatures including Stirling Moss and Don Bradman went to an online bidder for £850.

Scale models of racing cars formed an important section of the sale. They were the latest instalment from a single owner collection and together generated £4,450.

Railway memorabilia is always popular in the saleroom and a London and North Eastern Railway cast brass work’s locomotive numberplate went to an online bidder for £550.

The same sum secured a British Railways (Midland region) enamel totem sign for Royton for another internet buyer.

Many of the smaller items produced big prices. A Britain’s Fordson Major tractor in dark blue with orange wheels was secured by a room bidder for £320, while a Chad Valley Fordson Major tractor went to a commission bidder for £400.

The final collectors’ sale of the year takes place on Friday, December 8. Please contact Peter Rixon at the saleroom on 01823 332525 if you have items you would like to consign