Our Christmas sale of silver, jewellery, toys and gifts on Saturday 25th November proved that everyone knows it’s Christmas time, delivering some fantastic results.
The star of this auction, lot 51, our highest selling lot, the Art Deco design 14ct gold and diamond bar brooch, with a total diamond weight of 1.8cts approx., flew high above its estimated £600-800 and went under the hammer for £1,150! It was entered for auction by a local vendor, unaware of its value, the brooch was bought by a happy couple standing in the room, an early Christmas present perhaps!
Other brooches did well in this sale, lot 33, a Georg Jensen 925 brooch of shaped annular form by Henning Koppel, estimated at £140-160 made £200, and lot 150, a gold coloured metal and diamond set brooch of Treble Clef design, set with three graduated diamonds made £190. Lot 155, a yellow metal horse-form brooch, estimated at £80-120, sold for £150.
In the rings section, there were a few surprises! Lot 181, a 9ct gold and agate intaglio ring, cut with classical bust in profile, blew its £20-30 estimate out of the water, selling for £110! Lot 182, a yellow metal peridot and diamond chip ring, also beat its £20-30 estimate considerably at £85. Lot 185, a 9ct gold pink, yellow and blue stone ring, with oval, brilliant and baguette-cut stones, estimated at £30-40, sold for £65. Lot 184, an 18ct gold diamond and pink stone ring, surrounded by a band of diamond brilliants and baguettes, estimated at £40-50, sold for £80. Lot 188, an 18ct gold diamond and sapphire ring, estimated at £40-50 went for £65. Lot 189, a yellow metal and pearl ring with linear arrangement of five pearls, estimated at £10-12 sold for £48.
Mourning rings were an unusual trend for the season. Lot 162, a Victorian 15ct gold mourning ring, the oval face featuring an enamelled crucifix, sold for £110. Lot 164, another 15ct mourning ring of the same age, the face set with twelve seed pearls and worded ‘Memory’, estimated at £75-100, went for £150.
Two lots stood out in the bracelet section. Lot 175, a group of four 9ct gold gate bracelets, each of traditional design, estimated at £40-50 sold for £170. Lot 153, a 9ct gold and yellow metal charm bracelet, 56 grams in total weight, sold for £580.
Necklaces also did very well, lot 53, a single strand pearl necklace with white metal clasp marked ‘Sil’ and M within a shield, estimated at £40-60 made £120. Lot 130, an old red coral bead necklace sold for £170 and smashed its estimate of £10-20! Lot 124, an amber necklace with gilt metal clasp along with a pair of amber earrings estimated at £30-50 sold for £60. Jensen necklaces also proved popular, lot 37, a silver neck ring, designed by Ove Wendy, design number A10A, sold for £250. Lot 40, a ‘cave’ pendant and chain, of globular form with yellow metal overall, designed by Jacqueline Rabun, went for £190, well above its estimate of £120-160.
A lot of the watches in this sale delivered hammer prices consistently above their estimates. Lot 65, a ladies 9ct gold Rotary wristwatch and bracelet, estimated at £30-50 made £100. Lot 136, a Swiss 18ct gold-cased open-faced pocket watch, estimated at £300-500 made £660. Lot 197, a gentleman’s Smith Deluxe gold coloured metal cased wristwatch, estimated at £30-50 sold for £95. Lot 202, a ladies bi-metal Gucci wristwatch in its branded box, made £110, beating its estimate of £40-60!
Sovereigns proved their continued popularity in this sale. Lot 134, a 9ct gold muff chain with George III 1817 sovereign pendant estimated at £300-500 sold for £500. Lot 135, a 9ct gold chain with 1924 sovereign pendant and T-bar, just beat its estimate of £250-350 when it sold for £360! Lot 152, an 1898 half sovereign, sold for £130, blowing its £70-100 estimate out of the water. Lot 137, two half sovereigns, estimated at £150-200, sold for £180.
Miscellaneous items did quite well, lot 5, a Victorian silver card case marked Birmingham 1870, with original red Morocco leather covered case and some cards for same, estimated at £70-100 sold for £110. Lot 13, an Italian silver model of a saddle by Sachetti, on mahogany stand, stamped .925, went under the hammer for £190, smashing its estimate of £70-100. Lot 17, a pair of modern silver candlesticks, maker Carr’s of Sheffield, 1998, estimated at £100-150 went for £200. Lot 11, a collection of six silver mounted hat pins by Charles Horner along with three others, estimated at £50-70 made £120. Lot 178, a pair of 18ct gold diamond and jade earrings, estimated at £40-50 made £200!
In the toy section, well-known brands proved their worth in Christmas gifts. Ever popular, Lego items had quite a few lots exceeding their estimates. Lot 301, a Lego monorail 9v system, estimated at £60-100, sold for £260! Lot 303, a Lego freight train set estimated at £20-30 made £65. Lot 305, a Lego 6085 Legoland castle, estimated at £30-60 sold for £75. Lot 306 – a Lego intercity station and train set sold for £95, above its estimate of £50-80.
Dinky and Corgi still hold their own. In the Corgi toys, lot 264, a Corgi 227 Mini Cooper competition model vgc sold for £95. Lot 293, eleven Corgi the showtime range model trucks went for £110. Lot 294, a box of various Corgi model cars, estimated at £50-80 sold for £100. In the Dinky toys, lot 258, a Dinky Mercedes 600 pullman with working wipers sold for £60. Lot 275, a selection of Dinky cars and a Corgi Ford Consul 315, estimated at £20-30 made £75!
There were a few other surprises in the toy section, wildly exceeding their estimates. Lot 251, a quantity of toy tractors, farm implements etc sold for £75, well above its £10-20 estimate! Lot 288, a similar lot of assorted farmyard toys and implements, went for £90, ploughing past its estimate of £10-20! Lot 289, a John Crane solid wood doll’s house complete with furniture and dolls etc, sold for £75, considerably above its £30-50 estimate.
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