Bidders had Christmas on their minds in our Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale on 1st December, with gift-worthy animal jewellery, Stuart Devlin Christmas Baubles and vintage watches coming under the hammer.
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The sale kicked off with the jewellery section, and good period pieces and ‘novelty’ pieces sold strongly. Animal jewellery is always a favourite in the saleroom, and the examples in this sale were no exception; a charming diamond Dachshund brooch sold for £1,200 against an estimate of £300-500, a Boxer dog brooch sold for £600, and an early 20th century emerald and diamond snake bracelet sold for £1,100 against an estimate of £500-800.
Other notable lots included an Art Deco sapphire and diamond bow brooch, which sold for £1,000, and an Arts and Crafts moonstone necklace, which sold for £1,300. The necklace was designed by Jessie Marion King, a Scottish illustrator and designer of jewellery, fabrics and ceramics. Part of a private collection of jade jewellery was also entered into the sale, with pieces including the desirable ‘apple’ green shade of jade selling well above estimate. A jade and diamond pendant sold for £1,600 against an estimate of £300-500 and a pair of jade and diamond cluster ear clips sold for £900.
Vintage watches continue to appeal, and top lots included a Seiko Diver’s Wristwatch from c.1965, which was the first by the company to be depth rated to 150m (Sold for £1,700). A classic 1950s wristwatch made by Movado, which featured an unusual triple calendar dial appealed to collectors and sold for £750. Luxury modern watches included a Steel and gold Rolex Datejust, with diamond set hour markers that sold for £2,800, and a 1929 silver open faced Karrusel keyless pocket watch sold for £1,500.
Bids came thick and fast for a selection of Stuart Devlin Christmas Baubles, with the likes of a 1982 Stuart Devlin Parcel Gilt Silver Surprise Christmas Bauble featuring two children with their stockings selling for £750 against an estimate of £150-250. Also of note in the silver section was A Chinese Export Silver Kettle on Stand, Luen Wo, Shanghai, circa 1900, the associated spirit burner stand mark of Tuck Chang, Shanghai, which sold for £1,500, an Elizabeth I Silver Seal Top Spoon, maker's mark IF, possibly for Jasper Fysher, London 1568, which sold for £2,200, and an Oversized German Silver Cow Creamer made circa 1900, which sold for £1,500.
All prices quoted are Hammer Prices excluding Buyer’s Premium and VAT
25th October 2019, 09:30
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