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The September Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale: Preview

26th August 2020.

Tennants’ Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale on 19th September presents a range of affordable period and modern Jewellery, vintage and collectable watches, and silver from the 18th to 21st century.

The Jewellery section offers an array of classic, wearable pieces, with a good selection of elegant gold link necklaces and bracelets, diamond solitaire rings and pearl necklaces. However, for those looking for statement pieces, or just something a little unusual, the sale also offers some interesting lots. Highlights include an Edwardian black mother-of-pearl fringe necklace (estimate: £700-1,000 plus buyer’s premium), and a suite of Victorian shell jewellery, comprising necklace, brooch and earrings set with gold fittings (estimate: £500-700). An eye-catching suite of rare red Chinese amber jewellery, comprising necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings and brooch/pendant, is also expected to sell well, and is offered with an estimate of £400-600. A Victorian Australian locket is also of interest too; intricately decorated in raised detailing, one side of the locket depicts a kangaroo amongst foliage, and the other an emu. The locket is offered with an estimate of £800-1,200.

A particularly good selection of lady’s watches in the sale includes a circa 1980 18-carat gold Omega Constellation watch (estimate: £1,500-1,800), and a 1964 9-carat gold Rolex (estimate: £400-500). Vintage gent’s watches include an 18-carat gold Certina Blue Ribbon watch, made circa 1955 (estimate: £900-1,000). Pocket watches are on offer too, which include an 18-carat gold full hunter watch singed Elgin National Watch Co, USA, 1889, which is sold together with a curb link watch chain and gold bloodstone fob (estimate: £1,000-1,500), and a 1922 9-carat gold open faced pocket watch (estimate: £800-1,000).

A silver ‘Karawan’ teapot, modelled as a seated camel with a figure tying a pack to his hump, is one of the highlights of the Silver section. Made in Italy in the late 20th Century, the teapot is a faithful reproduction of a glazed and gilded earthenware teapot made by Moore Bros., and example of which is held in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The teapot is being sold with an estimate of £700-1,000. Also of interest is a three-piece Indian silver tea-service, made by Oomersi Mawaji in the Late 19th Century (estimate: £1,000-1,500). Mawaji was one of the most celebrated Indian silversmiths of his age and worked in the town of Bujh in the Kutch district of Gujarat. The service comprises teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl of globular form ornately decorated in repoussé and chased foliage with cast squirrel finial. A rare cased set of Victorian silver fish-eaters by Martin and Hall of Sheffield dated 1867 and 1868 are entered with an estimate of £1,500-2,500. The handle of each implement is modelled as a fish and the blades and tines are engraved with foliage and a crest.

Further items of interest include an 1859 Russian silver sugar bowl and cover by Carl Seipel of Russia St Petersburg (estimate: £150-250), an Irish silver cup by Alwright and Marshall Ltd of Dublin, 1938 (estimate: £300-500), a Namiki 14-carat gold-mounted fountain pen and pencil (estimate: £300-500), and a collection of Montblanc Pens, which are offered with estimates starting at £80-120.

Finally, a fascinating group of silver and gold medals are also on offer. The medals were won by J.A. Metcalf, a successful amateur Welsh cyclist in the late 19th and early 20th century. Highlights include a gold medal, possibly made by Joseph Moore of Birmingham, which was awarded by the National Cyclists Union South Wales to Metcalf, when he won the 25 miles cycle championship in 1901 (estimate: £600-800).


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