A Birmingham-made silver monteith which was a 1935 wedding present to the late Duke of Gloucester and his bride sold yesterday for £24,000 - 12 times its original estimate.

The Edwardian punch bowl was made in 1907 by Elkington & Co and given to the duke and his bride, Lady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott, by the people of Hawick as Lady Alice came from the Borders.

It was put up for auction at Christie's in London yesterday with an upper pre-sale estimate of £,2000.

It was put up for sale by the present Duke of Gloucester, a cousin of the Queen and eighteenth in line to the throne. He said he would give the proceeds from the sale of the monteith to Clubs For Young People and the Army Benevolent Fund.

The duke is selling about 800 other family treasures to pay off his father's death duties.

They included a 1933 silver inkwell, made by Alexander Clark and Co of Birmingham, which sold for £1,560 which was also a wedding present to the Gloucesters in 1935, from the Tidworth (Wiltshire) branch of the British Legion.