Clocks, Watches & Jewellery

This category ranges from historical clocks to contemporary jewellery. Dealers tend to specialise in one of these individual areas while many auctions feature separate sections for horology, watches and jewellery as part of their mixed sales.

However, dedicated sales, especially in the jewellery category, are now fairly commonly especially in London, Birmingham and other major centres.

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Best of British: Bullock longcase on offer in Heidelberg

17 June 2024

If proof were needed that regional British clockmakers were as capable of making impressive works as those of London colleagues, then an 18th century longcase clock being sold by Metz on July 19-20 in Heidelberg without reserve, provides it.

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Prophet and profits of horology auctions held in Germany and Switzerland

17 June 2024

Moses automaton watch is one of the stand-out hammer highlights in recent sales

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Prime minister’s gold ring found by metal detectorist shines at auction

11 June 2024

Identified as belonging to George Grenville, prime minister between 1763-65, the ring sold at Noonans in Mayfair

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Previews: issue 2647

10 June 2024

Our selection of lots from 11 upcoming auctions

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In the embrace of Nathaniel Marchant

10 June 2024

This gold-mounted carnelian intaglio ring depicting classical profiles of Cupid and Psyche embracing is signed in mirror image capitals for Nathaniel Marchant (1739-1816).

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Alfred Jewel made a millennium afterwards points to four figure result

10 June 2024

The Alfred Jewel is a famous piece of Anglo-Saxon goldsmith craftmanship, a gold-mounted piece of rock crystal enamelled with a portrait of a man and the inscription translating as ‘Alfred ordered me to be made’.

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Dealer Tomasso adds to his personal collection with an auction jewellery purchase

10 June 2024

A gold and cameo ring offered with an estimate of just £200-300 at Derbyshire auction house Irita Marriott (plus 28.8% buyer’s premium inc VAT) and catalogued as 19th century caught the eye of a number of jewellery dealers and bidders from as far as Paris and the US.

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Prime minister’s gold ring discovered by metal detectorist to be auctioned

03 June 2024

Identified as belonging to George Grenville, prime minister between 1763-65, the ring was one of three items found in a Buckinghamshire field

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Obituary: Horologist Derek Roberts

03 June 2024

Derek Roberts, who has died aged 93, was an antiquarian horologist, author and dealer, who brought the modern world into a previously somewhat rarified business.

Churchill's pocket watch

Pocket watch linking two prime ministers more than doubles estimate at Berkshire auction

30 May 2024

A pocket watch given to Sir Winston Churchill by Henry Herbert Asquith for Christmas in 1905 sold for £76,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Berkshire auction house Dawsons.

Cartier brooches

Art Deco brooches inspired by Eltham Palace emerge at Newbury auction

30 May 2024

Two Cartier brooches commissioned for Lady Courtauld and presented to her by her husband Sir Stephen Courtauld, with designs inspired by their Eltham Palace home, have come for sale at Dreweatts.

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Lighthouse clock right on time in Norfolk auction

27 May 2024

One lot entered into TW Gaze’s dedicated Clocks & Watches auction in Diss on May 16 caused a wave of interest among maritime historians.

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Tiffany is tops at Toomey's first period jewellery sale

27 May 2024

Snake bracelet among the highlights as period jewellery makes a Chicago auction debut

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Dorset police appeal for information following burglary at antiques centre

17 May 2024

Lone thief took several high-value items of jewellery

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Huge new Hancocks home open for business

13 May 2024

Jewellery specialist Hancocks London is celebrating its move to a new, larger premises. Leaving Mayfair after 175 years, the dealer has opted for St James’ (as revealed in ATG No 2631).

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Previews: issue 2643

13 May 2024

Our selection of lots from nine upcoming auctions

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Arts & Crafts clock comes with a fairytale ending

06 May 2024

This impressive clock featured in the sale held by Dorset firm Busby (25% buyer’s premium) on April 18.

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Horology holds the attention during a four-day sale

06 May 2024

Around 200 lots of clocks and watches feature in a strong section as part of a four-day sale

Returned clock

Stolen 18th century bracket clock returned to museum after more than 20 years

30 April 2024

An 18th century bracket clock by the English clockmaker Thomas Hunter Jr (c.1760-70) has been recovered after being stolen 23 years ago.

Titanic watch

Pocket watch from the richest Titanic passenger boosts saleroom to best ever auction result

29 April 2024

A gold pocket watch that was found on the body of American business magnate John Jacob Astor IV (1864-1912) following the Titanic disaster was hammered down at £900,000 in a sale at Henry Aldridge & Son.

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