Jewellery sold strongly across the board in Tennants Auctioneers’ Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sale on 19th September, but it was the period pieces that drew the most enthusiastic bidding. A rare Victorian era Australian Locket with intricate raised detail depicting an emu and kangaroo amongst foliage topped the sale, selling for £3,500 against an estimate of £800-1,200 (all prices quoted are hammer prices). Other good period pieces included a Ruby and Diamond Crescent Brooch, which sold for £1,350, and an Edwardian Amethyst and Diamond Brooch or Pendant, which sold for £1,200.
Further top lots in the Jewellery section included an 18 Carat Gold Aquamarine and Diamond Cluster Ring, which beat the £400-600 estimate to sell for £3,000, and a group of Red Chinese Amber Jewellery comprising necklace, bracelet, earrings, ring and brooch or pendant, which sold for £1,000.
Pocket watches and chains sold well in the sale, led by an 18 Carat Gold Full Hunter Pocket Watch signed Elgin National Watch Co, USA made in 1889, which sold for £2,000, and a 1940 Rolex Military Open Faced Pocket Watch, which sold for £320. Good results for vintage and collectable wristwatches included a Lady’s 18 Carat Gold Omega Constellation from 1980, which sold for £2,300, and an Omega De Ville Silver Wristwatch from 1974, which sold for £400.
The top lot of the Silver section was a Late 20th Century Italian Teapot, modelled as a seated camel with a figure tying a pack to the animal’s hump, which sold for £3,200. The teapot was a faithful reproduction of a glazed and gilded earthenware teapot made by Moore Bros, an example of which is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum. This shape of the teapot is often referred to as a ‘Karawan’ and was a popular model having been made in ceramic and silver.
Selling strongly, too, was a Namiki 14 Carat Gold-Mounted Fountain Pen and Pencil set, decorated with a gilt-heightened painting of an exotic bird. After competitive bidding, the set sold for £2,900 against an estimate of £300-500. A Three-Piece Indian Silver Tea Service by Oomersi Mawji of Kutch, one of the greatest Indian silversmiths working in the late 19th century, sold for £1,900, and an Irish Silver Cup made by Alwright and Marshall Ltd. of Dublin in 1938 sold for £1,300.
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