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9th November 2018

The sale of Antiques and Collectables held on 3rd November attracted an excellent entry of some 750 lots with some exceptional lots on offer generating very strong interest.

A fantastic selection of quality jewellery once again led to many viewing the sale and a large number of bidders in the room as well as on the internet and telephone. A lady’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch with a vivid blue diamond dial achieved £3400 whilst a further example with mother of pearl detail sold for £2800. Other jewellery selling to advantage included a yellow and white metal two stone ring set with an old mine cut diamond that realised £2600, a white metal line bracelet set with sapphires £1800, a Belle Epoque diamond ring £1500 and a late 19th century yellow metal pearl and diamond cluster ring £1400.

As we remember those who gave their lives for us, it is always poignant to offer war medals for sale. Each medal has a story of courage and sacrifice behind it. A medal is not simply an object of metal and ribbon but it is a story, often horrific and humbling. This is true of a group of World War I medals awarded to Cpl J H Smith including medals awarded for Bravery in the Field. These were met with strong interest and sold for £650. Also entered were two Russian Orders of St Stanislaus which were awarded prior to the Russian revolution and equivalent to the British knighthood. One was sold for £1900 and the other for £1300.

Some very impressive items of furniture were on offer and two, in particular, generated a huge amount of interest prior to the auction. A Howard and Sons sofa led to six telephone bids and many internet bids and after frantic bidding sold to an overseas bidder for £7,400. A very impressive George III bow fronted commode with impressive painting met equally fierce bidding eventually selling to a local buyer for £5800.

Once again, there was a good entry of pictures and paintings on offer and many new faces were attracted to the sale. A 17th century oil on canvas of Lady Leigh sold for £2,400 whilst a similar portrait of Sir John Leigh achieved £850. Other similar examples sold to advantage.

Our next sale of Antiques and Collectables is a Select Sale to be staged on Saturday 24th November starting at 10am. This is an additional sale and includes two significant disposals of private client effects including possessions from the family of the esteemed Victorian actor, Sir Henry Irving, who was the first actor to be knighted. Viewing takes place on 22nd and 23rd November.

Other sales taking place in November include a Victorian and Later Effects sale on 13th November and an Affordable Picture sale on 20th November.

Entries are invited for our future sales.

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