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Preview: Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale 16th September

25th August 2023.

A varied array of Jewellery, Watches and Silver will be on offer in Tennants Auctioneers’ sale on 16th September, offering antique and modern jewellery, vintage, collectable and designer watches, and period and contemporary silver.

Notable amongst the jewellery on offer in the sale is a good selection of insect jewellery, featuring both antique and more contemporary pieces. Insects have long inspired jewellery, from ancient civilisations to the Renaissance, before becoming popular once more in the Victorian era. Highlights amongst the lots on offer include an Early 20th Century Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond and Split Pearl Butterfly Brooch (estimate: £500-700 plus buyer’s premium), and an 18 Carat Gold Sapphire and Enamel Brooch realistically modelled as a bee (estimate: £250-300).

Other interesting lots in the jewellery section include a pair of Moonstone and Pearl Drop Earrings carved with faces (estimate: £100-150), a Topaz and Diamond Ring (estimate: £400-600) and a pair of ‘Diadea’ Diamond Earrings by Cartier (estimate: £300-500).

Omega continues to be a name to draw attention in the vintage and luxury watch market, and two good examples are on offer in the sale. A circa 1955 Omega Seamaster Calendar (reference: 2757-9) is offered with and estimate of £500-700, and a 1967 Omega Constellation (reference: 168.017) is offered with an estimate of £300-400. Further interesting vintage watches include a circa 1920 Gunmetal World Time Open Faced Pocket Watch with separate dials for Centrale, Petersbourg, Port Said, Paris, Madrid and New York (estimate: £200-300), and a circa 1941 WWII ‘B-Uhr’ German Luftwaffe Aviator’s Watch made by Laco (estimate: £400-500). Amongst the ladies' watches in the sale is a circa 2011 Tag Heuer Aquaracer (ref: WAF1424) offered with an estimate of £300-400.

One of the earliest lots in the sale is a Charles II West Country Silver Lace-Back Trefid Spoon, made in 1683 in Taunton. Whilst the maker is unknown, it bears a maker’s mark in the form of a struck quatrefoil and is engraved with the initials ‘TW’ and ‘CC’ (estimate: £400-600). Further lots of interesting antique silver include a George III Silver Tea-Caddy made by Emick Romer of London in 1771 (estimate: £500-800), and an American Silver Porringer made by George Hanners in Boston circa 1720 (estimate: £700-1,000).

Also of note are a Four-Piece Victorian Silver Tea and Coffee-Service  made by Robert Harper of London and Henry Holland of London in the middle of the 19th century (estimate: £1,500-2,500), a Seven-Piece George V Silver Table Centrepiece made in 1912 and 1914 by James Dixon and Sons of Sheffield (estimate: £1,500-2,500), and a George VI Silver Box made in London in 1950 by Leslie Gordon Durbin (estimate: £120-180).



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