A COLLECTION of vintage fishing items was caught by one keen angling fan at auction - for more than £1,000.

While August is traditionally a quiet month for auction houses, it has been a very busy one for Somerset firm, Cooper and Tanner - including that whopper of a sale.

The company's specialist single-owner collection of lamps - featuring the collection of Roger Price, 'The Lamp Man' – was another roaring success, with all lots sold.

The monthly Household and Outdoor Effects Sale, which included the fishing items, was no less successful with a huge variety of items from garden stoneware to costume jewellery and everything in between.

The most anticipated lot of the Household sale was the collection of vintage fishing items, including some late 19th/early 20th century flies and lures.

There was interest from all over the country and America, the hammer falling at £1,050 to an internet bidder.

Highlights of the specialist sale day included a Tilley table lamp with Bretby glazed pottery base selling on the hammer, after competitive bidding from the telephone, online and the room, for £1,400; a Tilley Hendon inspection lamp selling for £650; and a large handheld lantern by George Elt Ltd that sold for £480.

The top lot of the day was a much anticipated Tilley Challow station or yard suspension lamp, heated competition between a telephone and room bidder meant that the hammer fell at £1,600.

Lots were sold all over the world including Thailand, Russia and others.

Roger Price collected lamps for many years and his main focus was Tilley lamps.

These lamps were developed in the early 20th century to provide a source of light away from mains gas or electricity.

They have had a real revival in the last few years especially in Japan and Thailand.

If you have a collection that you are thinking of selling then please do get in contact and our valuers will be happy to discuss it with you or come and visit you and your collection.

We can organise collection of the items, advertising and specialist viewings. Call 01373 831010.