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The January Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale Preview

15th December 2020.

Tennants’ Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale on 9th January presents a range of affordable period and modern Jewellery, vintage and collectable watches, and silver from the 18th to 21st century.

Pretty and unusual pieces of period jewellery are amongst the lots to watch in the sale. These include an Edwardian Suffragette Amethyst, Pearl and Enamel Pendant on a Chain. The Suffragette colours, purple, white and green which signify loyalty/dignity, purity and hope respectively are represented by the purple amethysts, white enamel and pearls and green enamel leaf. The lot is offered with an estimate of £300-500.

A Victorian Swiss Enamel Brooch is of interest too, which has an enamel plaque depicting a Swiss village set before snow-capped mountains that is sold with an estimate of £700-1,000 (all figures quoted exclude buyer’s premium). A second Edwardian Amethyst Necklace is offered with an estimate of £500-700, and a group lot of enamel Flag jewellery made by the notable Isle of Wight jewellers Benzie of Cowes will pique the interest of maritime enthusiasts. Comprising a 9 Carat Gold Enamel Maritime Signal Flag Bracelet, two Enamel Flag Brooches, and two Enamel Flag Stickpins, the lot is offered with an estimate of £500-700.

Highlights from the Pocket Watch Section of the sale include a Rare 18 Carat Gold Full Hunter Two-Train Split Seconds Chronograph Pocket Watch with Independent Flying Quarter Seconds Dial, signed Huguenin & Grezet, Locle, made circa 1870, which is estimated at £3,000-4,000.

Interesting Wrist Watches to look out for include an Oris ‘Big Crown’ ref: 7969-40, which is sold with original box and guarantee card with an estimate of £300-500. A gold-plated 1968 Breitling Top Time ref: 2009 with ‘Panda’ Dial is offered with an estimate of £500-700, and a 1958 Tudor Oyster Royal ref: 7934 is offered with an estimate of £300-500. Finally, a 14 Carat Gold 1950 Hamilton ‘Top Hat’ watch, with a diamond-set dial is offered with an estimate of £500-700.

Of note amongst a good selection of period silver is a Victorian Scottish Silver, Enamel and Gem-Set Beaker by James Crichton and Co., made in Edinburgh in 1885 (estimate: £500-800). Decorated with a Marquess’ coronet and a coat of arms, the beaker was probably a christening gift given to Edric Charles Joseph Wolseley, later 10th Baronet, from his godfather John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute (1847-1900). Also of note is an Edward VII Silver Trophy-Cup made by William Aitken of Birmingham in 1905. The trophy was awarded to M.D. Peacock’s Tallantire, a 3-year-old ridden by A Flanagan in The Memorial Plate of the late William Watt Esq. at Beverly Races in 1906 (£4,000-6,000).

A Set of Four George V and Edward VIII Silver-Mounted Glass Whisky-Tots and Labels by S. Blanckensee and Son Ltd of Birmingham are offered with an estimate of £200-300, and a Pair of Russian Silver and Enamel Salt-Cellars with maker’s mark GK (possibly for Gustave Klingert of Moscow) made in 1895 are offered with an estimate of £120-180. The sale will also include a Private Collection of Scent Bottles sold in fourteen lots. Highlights include a Victorian Silver-Mounted Cameo-Glass Scent-Bottle, the silver mount with indistinct maker’s mark, made in Birmingham in 1884 and the glass attributed to Thomas Webb (estimate: £400-600).

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