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Autumn Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale Preview

20th October 2021.

A dazzling array of jewels are coming up for sale in Tennants Auctioneers’ Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sale on 13th November, ranging from antique and period pieces to a selection of contemporary jewellery. The highlight of the section is a Platinum Diamond Three Stone Ring featuring 3.04 carat Fancy Yellow Diamond on offer with an estimate of £25,000-35,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

Highlights from the antique and period lots in the sale include a beautiful pair of Diamond Hair Slides or Brooches; made circa 1900 and naturalistically modelled as ivy leaves, they were possibly adapted from a tiara or corsage piece (estimate: £2,000-4,000). A French Diamond and Ruby Evening Purse made circa 1920 by Hartog of Paris (estimate: £6,000-8,000) is joined by an Archaeological Revival Style Scarab Bangle made from gold and carnelian (estimate: £4,000-6,000), and an interesting Gold and Ruby Stickpin by Fabergé adorned with intertwined snakes (estimate: £800-1,200).

There is also an impressive collection of opal rings and brooches in the sale, such as the Boulder Black Opal Ring (estimate: £1,200-1,800), and a good selection of rubies including a Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring, which is sold with a certificate stating the origin of the central ruby as Burma (estimate: £8,000-10,000).  Contemporary jewellery in the sale is led by an Aquamarine Pendant by Tom Munsteiner, a German award-winning jewellery designer (estimate: £2,000-3,000), and a Diamond Set Love Bangle by Cartier (estimate: £4,000-6,000).

Leading a fine selection of rare watches in the sale is an extremely fine Omega First Generation Exotic Red Racing Professional Speedmaster, ref:145012 (estimate: £40,000-60,000). Made in 1967, the watch has been in the same family since it was purchased from Bagshaws of Liverpool in 1970 and is sold with original paperwork. This very rare exotic ‘Racing’ dial was produced by Omega in 1967 and 1968, in two generations and three executions in total. The present lot is a second execution variant, of which only approximately six examples have appeared on the market before.

Two watches by Patek Philippe are also of note, the first being one of the most prestigious and desirable sports watches, a Patek Philippe “Jumbo” Nautilus ref:5711/1A-011, made circa 2013 (estimate: £40,000-50,000), and the second a Patek Philippe Annual Calendar ref:5146P-001, made circa 2009 (estimate: £25,000-35,000).

The sale also includes pocket watches, which are led by a good Silver Pair Cased Verge Pocket Watch, signed Windmills, London and made in the early 18th century (estimate: £2,000-3,000).

A piece of 17th Century York silver is one of the highlights of the Silver section of the sale; the Charles II Provincial Silver Puritan Spoon was made by Rowland Kirkby of York circa 1670 (estimate: £2,000-3,000). A Russian Silver Vase by Fabergé is offered with an estimate of £700-1,000. Marked for Fabergé and Workmaster Jenny Väkevä, it was made in St Petersburg in 1902-1908, and is set with three Russian coins depicting Empress Elizabeth.

Also of interest is a George IV Silver-Gilt Snuff-Box, made by Fentem, Webster and Danby of Sheffield in 1824. Highly decorated with chased trailing foliage, flowers and lion’s masks, and panels depicting horse racing (estimate: £2,500-3,500). According to the inscription, the box was given to a ‘Mr Bowman’ for his efforts establishing racing in Rotherham. A further lot with Yorkshire interest is an Edward II Silver and Enamel Trophy, made by T. and J. Bragg Ltd of Birmingham in 1906, which was presented by the President of the National Fire Brigades Yorkshire District, The Right Hon the Earl of Londesborough, to the leading fire brigade each year (estimate: £1,500-2,500). Plaques recording winning fire brigades include those to Rolls-Royce, Brook Motors Ltd and Rowntree & Co.

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