Well connected naval uniforms saluted

17th March 2018

The latest monthly sale of Antiques & Collectables staged by Killens at the Mendip Auction Rooms was dominated by items generously entered by the Somerville family formerly of Dinder House. Items ranged from quality furniture to collectables such as tennis racquets once used by the family.

Sir James Somerville was a famous Second World War leader commanding Force H, the naval squadron that helped win the war in the Mediterranean. He later became an Admiral of the Fleet and seven of his uniforms went under the hammer. A battle of a new kind was fought between bidders with aggressive telephone bidding as well. The uniforms eventually sold well above estimate for £2800.

A good entry of jewellery was on offer with strong prices achieved for those items on offer. A white gold bracelet with diamond clusters made £850, an early 20th century 9ct rose gold fancy link watch chain £700 and a pair of jadeite, diamond and ruby drop earrings £520.

On 3rd April, Killens will be staging an Antiques & Collectables sale with filming taking place for the Antiques Road Trip. A Victorian & Later Effects will be held the following day on 4th April. Viewing for both sales will take place on 29th March, 30th March (Good Friday) and 2nd April (Easter Monday).

Valuers will be staging a valuation morning on Wednesday 11th April between 10am and 1pm at the offices of Killens in Sadler Street, Wells so do go along and take advantage of their expertise. Otherwise, valuers are on hand every weekday morning to accept entries or are happy to undertake free home visits. Also ensure that you follow the auction rooms on facebook to see the latest news or register with them to receive the catalogues.

Normal opening hours

Monday - Friday
10am - 5pm
Valuation Days
Monday - Friday
10.00am - 1.00pm or home visits by appointment
Sunday following a Saturday sale
9.00am - 12.00pm

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