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Results: Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale 18th May

21st May 2024.

Antique silver saw strong bidding in Tennants Auctioneers’ Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sale on 18th May, with the section achieving a strong overall selling rate of 93%. Amongst the highlights of the sale were pieces of 17th and 18th century silver that sold well included a William III Silver Punch Bowl made in London in 1697 by Benjamin Pine, which was made for Sir Thomas Dundas, 1st Baron Dundas (sold for £4,800), and a Charles I Silver Seal-Top Spoon, made in London in 1636 and bearing the maker’s mark of an F in a Shield (sold for £900). Moving into the 18th century, a 1712 Queen Anne Silver Teapot by William Gamble sold for £3,500, a pair of George II Silver Tea-Caddies by John Swift, London, 1746 sold for £1,400, and a Maltese Silver Sugar Bowl and Cover by Francesco Arnaud, Rohan Period, circa 1780 sold for £1,300. Further notable lots include a Russian Silver Napkin Ring by Faberge, made in Moscow in 1896 (sold for £500), and a George V Silver and ‘Gem’-Set Cigarette Box by Henry George Murphy and made in London in 1929 (sold for £1,700).

Amongst the Watches in the sale, Pocket Watches sold well throughout, lead by a Silver and Tortoiseshell Quadruple Cased Pocket Watch made for the Turkish market by Ralph Gout in London in 1857 (sold for £1,000), and a Silver Eight-Day Power Reserve Open Faced Lever Pocket Watch, made by John Robinson of Blackburn in 1884 (sold for £1,600). Rolex watches continue to attract attention, and a 1965 Rolex Oyster Perpetual sold well at £2,000. Amongst the lady’s watches was the designer 18 Carat Gold Hermes ‘Cape Cod’, which sold for £3,500. Finally, a coveted ‘Dirty Dozen’ military watch by IWC, which was made in 1944, sold for £4,000. This particular example was in very nice condition with original dial.

The Jewellery section offered a wide range of period and modern pieces and was topped by a Victorian Diamond Hare Brooch. Set throughout with old cut and rose cut diamonds, with a ruby eye, the brooch sold for £1,900. From the same era was a pair of Victorian Moss Agate Drop Earrings, which sold for £950, and a Late 19th Century Garnet Bracelet, which sold for £1,100. Further notable period pieces included an Art Deco Jade and Diamond Brooch (sold for £850), an Early 20th Century Peridot, Green Tourmaline and Seed Pearl Bracelet (sold for £1,700), and an Enamel Mourning Ring depicting the Tree of Life (sold for £950).

Further notable results included an 18 Carat Gold Opal and Diamond Three Stone Ring (sold for £1,300), an 18 Carat Gold Ring by Gilbert Albert, which had six interchangeable spheres of semi-precious stones (sold for £750), a Silver Ring and a Pair of Earrings by Georg Jensen (sold for £200), and an Emerald and Diamond Three Stone Ring (sold for £750).

The sale achieved a total hammer price of £237,180 with a 92% sold rate for 433 lots.


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