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.

Tudor pendant

Metal detecting trend boosts Treasure finds in the UK

31 January 2023

Enthusiastic metal detectorists discovered 96% of archaeological and Treasure finds, according to the latest report.

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Timely reminder of horses at war

30 January 2023

By the end of the First World War it has been estimated that over eight million horses had died.

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Locket dedicated to prince who was Napoleon devotee

23 January 2023

This 19th century French gold, enamel and gemset locket measures an impressive 5½in (13cm) across.

Amethyst and diamond cross

Garrard pendant worn by Princess Diana bought by Kim Kardashian

21 January 2023

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has bought a c.1920 pendant by Garrard at Sotheby’s Royal & Noble auction on January 18 for a hammer price of £130,000.

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By Markwick Markham… or not

16 January 2023

English names from a defunct clock manufactory were used for familiarity in an export market

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Bidders show faith in Brook’s symbol of love

09 January 2023

Discovered by a metal detectorist on Dorset land once owned by Sir Thomas Brook, the late 14th century diamond set gold love ring captured hearts and international interest at Noonans’ (24% buyer’s premium) Mayfair rooms.

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Bijouterie shines and ceramics surprise in west London saleroom

09 January 2023

Eye-catching bijouterie attracted international buyers to Olympia Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) 320-lot European Works of Art sale.

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Schmidt led cameo fightback

09 January 2023

Carved c.1880 and acquired in Shanghai during the 1930s, the opal cameo shown here was the choice of pre-Christmas jewellery offered in a Somerset sale.

Lincoln jeweller retires after 63 years

02 January 2023

A jeweller’s shop in Lincoln which first opened in 1959 has closed its doors after 63 years in business.

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Tiffany gift came with true royal approval

12 December 2022

Engraving on Tiffany pepperette reveals the provenance as a princely present in 1879

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Ugly, venomous but proves so precious

12 December 2022

Found by head of department Catriona Smith in a box of mixed jewellery, this rare 16th or 17th century gold ‘toadstone’ ring came for sale at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium).

Chanel tunic

Pick of the week: Château attic find sets vintage Chanel record

28 November 2022

A ‘Russian’ tunic from Chanel’s famed Spring 1922 collection sold for €100,000 (£86,000) in Paris – a record for her early work.

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Elizabeth Gage earrings and a Gillray cartoon are among five lots to watch

28 November 2022

With estimates from £600, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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The web shop window: An early watch dating from c.1640

28 November 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Fall on a high after jewellery accolades

28 November 2022

Tennants’ jewellery specialist, Jessica Fall, has not only passed her Gemmological Association professional qualifications with flying colours but has also won the Bruton Medal for best candidate of the year, and the Deeks Diamond Prize for the best results in the theory examination.

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Iranian incense burner helps to fuel ‘white glove’ sale

21 November 2022

Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was another of the London salerooms that held a designated sale in Islamic week.

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Toadstone prized for magical properties

14 November 2022

A rare 16th or 17th century gold ‘toadstone’ ring comes for sale at Sworders in November 23 with expectations of £3000-5000.

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Watch given as gift to Thomas Mann’s favoured grandson emerges

14 November 2022

In his diary entry for August 12, 1950, the German writer and Nobel Prize recipient Thomas Mann described a meeting with his daughter-in-law Gret, who had married his youngest son Michael in 1939, and her 10-year-old son Frido in a café in Innsbruck.

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Rolex red letter day

14 November 2022

The Fine Wristwatches & Pens auction at Chiswick Auctions includes a rare variant of perhaps the most celebrated of all Rolex ‘tool’ watches: a 1970s Submariner with the so-called ‘single red’ Mark IV dial.

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A Rothschild with a passion for horses

14 November 2022

Dreweatts’ November 23 sale includes jewels from the collection of Renée Louise Marie de Rothschild (1927-2015).

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