Dazzling prices were seen for period jewellery in Tennants Auctioneers’ Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale on 16th July, crowned by the sale of a remarkable pair of circa 1930s Art Deco Emerald and Diamond Drop Earrings and a 1920s Cartier Coral, Onyx, Diamond, and Seed Pearl Tassel Pendant. Each lot sold well above their estimates for £35,000 (plus buyer’s premium) a piece.
A Victorian Diamond and Pearl Brooch, made circa 1850 and a magnificent example of Victorian regal quality jewellery sold well, too, at £8,500, and a Victorian Split Pearl, Blue Enamel and Garnet Necklace realistically modelled as a snake sold for £4,000. Also of note were a spectacular 7.5 carat Diamond Solitaire Ring, which sold for £29,000, and a Diamond Pendant, which sold for £11,000.
Vintage and luxury watches saw lively bidding, too, with strong results throughout. The section was topped by a fine 18 Carat Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 116519, made in 2000, which sold for £21,000. A fine and rare 1963 ‘Ed White’ Pre-Moon Omega Speedmaster sold well, too, at £7,500. The 105.003 reference is colloquially referred to as the ‘Ed White’, having been worn by NASA astronaut Edward Higgins White (1930-1967) when he became the first American to walk in space two years before his death in Apollo 1. This model was only in production from 1963 for three years before being superseded by the model later worn by astronauts on the first moon landing.
Further notable results were achieved for a rare Platinum Edition Jaeger LeCoultre La Master Reserve De Marche Master Control, which was one of only 250 made and sold for £6,500, A Tag Heuer Monaco ‘Steve McQueen’, which sold for £4,600, and a Chanel Lady’s White Ceramic J12, which sold for £2,200.
Interesting lots in the Silver section of the sale included a Victorian Silver Jug by Robert Hennell of London, which sold for £3,000. The jug was presented to Dr Amos Ingham, Charlotte Brontë’s doctor, and was chased with a depiction of Sir Edwin Landseer’s ‘Bolton Abbey in the Olden Times’, the original of which is in the collection of the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth. The jug was presented to the Haworth doctor by the Viscountess Montauban in 1873, in recognition of his friendship and services to her late father, Richard Shackleton Butterfield.
A rare Victorian Admiralty Pattern Silver Table Service, made by several silversmiths from 1840 to 1877 and with each piece marked with the British Government broad arrow sold for £3,000. The rare pattern, which depicts a fouled anchor below the Royal crown, was first made for the use of Royal Naval officers in the early 19th century, until it was discontinued around the First World War. A further Silver Table Service designed by Gerald Benney in the 1960s sold for £2,800. Also of note in the section were an Edward VII Silver and Enamel Cigarette Case by Adie Brothers of Birmingham (sold for £1,200), a Pair of William IV Old Sheffield Plate Wine Coolers (sold for £1,200), and a large Elizabeth II Silver Model of a Royal Stag and Deer by Camelot Silverware Ltd after a model by Tom Mackie (sold for £1,300).
The sale achieved a total hammer price of £608,375 with an 85% sold rate for 363 lots.