Q & A with Adam

Name: Adam Wasdell (MBHI, Wostep)

Title at Tennants: Clocks, Watches & Barometer Specialist
Other attributes: General valuer
Relevant qualifications: Member of the British Horological Institute, Wostep - Watches of Switzerland Technical Educational Programme, member of the British Watch and Clock Makers Guild and a member of Antiquarian Society
No. of years at Tennants: 11
Previous employment: Joined Christie's South Kensington and King Street, London. This involved cataloguing and valuing international sales, attending view days and major auctions in Geneva and Amsterdam
Favourite lot ever sold & why: There are three lots which spring to mind which were items with an interesting provenance. A diamond and emerald-set Breguet pocket watch bought by Empress Marie Louise of France, second wife of Napoleon I; a Rolex wristwatch which belonged to Prime Minister Harold Wilson and another that was owned by Earl Mountbatten.
Career highlight at Tennants/memorable occasion: Holding the then record of the most expensive clock sold in a provincial aution house in 2006, selling a George Graham walnut longcase clock for £135,000
Important or exciting collections sold through you and why you've enjoyed it: A local private collection from which I sold a small size late 17th century walnut longcase clock signed Joseph Knibb for £85,000 and from the same collection a George II barometer signed John Halifax of Barnsley which sold for £40,000.

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