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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Jewellery on offer online from dealers: a showcase

30 March 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, ‘non-essential’ businesses such as antique shops, centres and galleries have been closed since last Tuesday. However, many dealerships are very much ‘open’, working at home and trading via email and websites. Pictured here is a selection of fine pieces of period jewellery for sale today.

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The minaudière from Mr Arpels

30 March 2020

The minaudière, a case for storing several personal items in a small space, first appeared during the 1930s.

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How old values still stand firm today

30 March 2020

Three Victorian bangles were among the most popular lots of Dreweatts’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of Fine Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Objects of Vertu.

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Natural topaz commands a premium at Barbara Kirk

30 March 2020

Topaz in its natural state is a golden brown to yellow, a characteristic which means it is sometimes confused with the less valuable gemstone citrine.

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A ‘sing-song’ for the inventive James Cox

30 March 2020

The London entrepreneur James Cox (c.1723-1800) is best known as a specialist in the intricate clockwork curios encrusted with gold, silver and jewel, referred to as ‘sing-songs.’

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A collection of Georgian and Victorian jewellery to remember

30 March 2020

A recent Stroud Auctions sale featured a private collection of more than 120 pieces of Georgian and Victorian jewellery. Most were rings, among them many examples of mourning jewellery in a wide range of forms and materials.

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Eros and the grasshopper

30 March 2020

This Grand Tour-era ring sold at Great Western Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow features an unusual banded carnelian intaglio carved with a putti holding the leg of a large grasshopper.

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Timely reminder of Byron in the saleroom

30 March 2020

Association with the name boosts value as part of a sale dedicated to the poet.

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Poniatowski ‘fakes’ bring £15,500

30 March 2020

This collection of 10 carnelian intaglios carved to depict classical figures and scenes once formed part of the collection of Prince Stanislas Poniatowski (1754-1833). His past possessions are always of interest to collectors.

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Digging for Britain

30 March 2020

An aquamarine pendant telling the story of the founder of the Women’s Land Army and a rare Tudor ring shine at Dix Noonan Webb. By Roland Arkell and John Benjamin.

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Police ask for help to find stolen antique jewellery from Oxford dealer

29 March 2020

Police are trying to trace antique jewellery stolen by burglars from Norah’s Antiques in Oxford.

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Fellows sticks to family values as jewellery auction is staged from owner’s home

27 March 2020

Auction house Fellows of Birmingham has started holding live online sales of jewellery and watches ‘from home’. Managing director and auctioneer Stephen Whittaker conducted the latest sale in his own front room in rural Shropshire.

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A market still ticking as pocket watches bring demand at Lawrences of Bletchingley

23 March 2020

A superb collection of 61 pocket watches drew strong demand at a Surrey auction last week as remote bidders, using the phone and online platforms, competed for some outstanding 17th, 18th and 19th century examples.

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Unseen for a century, pocket watches bring £145,000 in Surrey sale

20 March 2020

A cache of pocket watches, unseen on the market for close to a century, sold for £145,000 in Surrey today.

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Early lantern clock shines through the dust to spark saleroom excitement

09 March 2020

Battered and dust-engrained when found in a basement during a Lake District house clearance, an early unsigned brass lantern clock generated great excitement at Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s (18% buyer’s premium).

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British Museum buys 3000-year-old Bronze age gold pendant

07 March 2020

A well-preserved 3000-year-old Bronze age gold sun pendant, known as a bulla, has been bought by the British Museum after it was found by a metal detectorist in Shropshire in 2018.

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Tudor merchant’s ring found in a garden by metal detectorist sells for £36,000

02 March 2020

An early 16th century ring found by a metal detectorist in East Yorkshire has sold at auction for £36,000.

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Second chance for works from Spetchley Park offered at Chorley’s

02 March 2020

Second-dibs sales at regional salerooms – those that follow after a major London auctioneer has cherry-picked the contents of a stately country house – can sometimes acquire the slighting epithet of ‘crumbs from a rich man’s table’.

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Classical micro-mosaic box appears at Zurich sale

02 March 2020

This octagonal brass box, decorated with 17 micro-mosaics featuring subjects from classical antiquity, was created by Augusto Castellani of the famous firm of Roman jewellers founded by his father Fortunato.

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Picture that moves with the times

02 March 2020

Throughout the 19th century, picture clocks were popular in many German-speaking parts of Europe.

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