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Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale Results - 16th September

19th September 2023.

Tennants Auctioneers’ Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sale on 16th September saw an impressive 92% selling rate. Amongst an interesting selection of Silver that attracted strong bidding were an Elizabeth I Silver Seal-Top Spoon, made by an unknown hand in London in 1578 (sold for £700 all figures excluded buyer’s premium), and an American Silver Porringer made in Boston circa 1720 by George Hanners (sold for £950). Two of the top lots of the section were a Four-Piece Victorian Silver Tea and Coffee Service by Robert Harper (London 1859 and 1861) and Henry Holland (London 1860), and an Edward VII Silver Trophy Cup and Cover by John and William F Deakin (Sheffield 1909), both of which sold for £2,300. Further notable lots include a George VI Silver Box made in London in 1950 by Leslie Gordon Durbin (sold for £380) and a George V Gold Cigarette Lighter made by Asprey and Co. Ltd in 1933 (sold for £1,300).

Strong prices were seen, once again, for vintage and luxury watches, with a rare Second World War German Luftwaffe Aviators’ ‘B-Uhr’ Wristwatch made by Laco circa 1941 selling for £1,700, and a limited edition 1998 Longines Charles Lindbergh Navigation Watch selling for £1,400. Indeed, such is the interest in vintage watches that a selection of Rolex boxes, bracelets and paperwork sold for £950. Amongst the pocket watches in the sale, a circa 1850 Tortoiseshell and Gilt Metal Triple Cased Verge Turkish Market Pocket Watch by Edward Prior of London sold for £750.

One of the top lots of the sale was a Pearl Necklace comprising 14 graduated pearls, by repute gifted by Hamad Bin Essa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, which sold for £1,900 against an estimate of £300-500. Also selling well above estimate was an Egyptian Revival Brooch (sold for £1,500), and an Early 20th Century Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond and Split Pearl Butterfly Brooch (sold for £1,100). Further notable lots included an 18 Carat Gold Topaz and Diamond Cluster Ring (sold for £950), an 18 Carat Gold Pink Topaz and Diamond Cluster Ring (sold for £700), a Victorian Turquoise and Split Pearl Brooch (sold for £750), and an Edwardian Peridot and Split Pearl Pendant (sold for £550).


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