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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Gudin as gold at £54,000

27 February 2012

The latest sale at Duke’s of Dorchester included this 16in (41cm) wide French chinoiserie ormolu and lacquered bronze mantel clock c.1750.

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Burglar scoops huge gems haul at Glasgow auctioneers

23 January 2012

ANTIQUE and secondhand jewellery valued at £430,000 has been stolen during a break-in at an auction house in south Glasgow following what appears to have been a carefully planned and meticulously timed raid.

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Altered cases no bar to bidding at London horology sales

14 January 2012

In clock collecting, the gold standard of original condition can be a difficult one to meet. Clocks almost always needing repairs or replacement parts to keep functioning day in, day out for centuries.

Movie legend lives on with Elizabeth Taylor £100m legacy

04 January 2012

AS sales go, it is hard to imagine one that could have been more of an auctioneer’s dream than the collection of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery and personal possessions.

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Turning lathe at $55,000 in US sale

15 August 2011

THIS Holtzapffel & Deyerlein ornamental turning lathe made in London c.1827 came up for sale at Skinner in Marlborough, Massachusetts in a Science, Technology and Clocks sale.

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Golden Age discovery at £600,000

04 July 2011

THE discovery of a new clock by a Golden Age maker is bound to generate excitement in horological circles, but the £600,000 plus premium paid at Bonhams last week for the ebony table clock pictured here illustrates just how much the rarest and freshest examples can command.

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Time capsule from James I

28 March 2011

THE highlight of the two-day sale conducted by Rosebery's of West Norwood, London on March 15-16 was this unsigned lantern clock, left, consigned 'in the rough' by a private vendor.

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The £44,000 Nelson victory

01 February 2011

THIS locket, believed to contain the hair of Admiral Lord Nelson to one side and Lady Emma Hamilton to the reverse, was previously unknown to Nelson experts but it turned up at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury after being consigned by a vendor in Australia who has family connections to Portsmouth.

Tiffany lose final appeal against eBay in the Supreme Court

06 December 2010

THE U.S. Supreme Court in Washington has delivered a significant blow to Tiffany & Co’s bid to stop the sale of counterfeit jewellery on eBay.

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‘Potentially flawless’ stone doubles jewellery record at Sotheby’s in Geneva

22 November 2010

SOTHEBY’S set a new auction record for a jewel in Geneva when a 24.78-carat fancy intense pink diamond sold to London jeweller Laurence Graff at SFr40.5m (£25.6m) plus premium.

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Watch clue to Avon murder

07 June 2010

A MONTH after the murder of Barry George Rubery, Avon and Somerset Police have released details of property missing from his home.

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Police appeal after Kent raid

07 June 2010

THIS brass inlaid mahogany bracket clock with a white enamel dial signed Drury, Cheshunt, was one of a number of antiques stolen during a break-in at Antiques at the Corn Exchange, Tunbridge Wells.

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A rare Derbyshire signpost to £19,000

29 April 2010

THIS previously unrecorded George II mahogany ‘sign post’ angle barometer was made by the gifted mechanician and scientist John Whitehurst (1713-1788) of Derby.

Appeal consolation for Tiffany as eBay largely triumph

26 April 2010

TIFFANY have lost on most counts in their appeal against a ruling in a US federal district court backing eBay over the sale of the firm’s jewellery.

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Knibb wall clock strikes £37,000

22 February 2010

THIS rare Charles II clock by John Knibb of Oxford, c.1685, was recently found by the vendor when sorting through effects inherited from a family member around 50 years ago.

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Christmas time costs £340,000

04 January 2010

The demand for golden age English clocks has been on something of a high for several years now and shows little sign of abating.

Stolen Tompion in Cumbria

28 September 2009

A THOMAS Tompion table clock was among the items stolen in a raid on a Cumbrian stately home on Saturday, September 19.

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Fake repeating clocks emerge on eBay

01 September 2009

A NEW crop of fake carriage clocks, believed to be made in China, has appeared on eBay.

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Tompion tribute from West Dean to Greenwich Royal Observatory

13 July 2009

JOHAN Ten Hoeve, a professional development diploma student on West Dean College’s clocks programme in West Sussex, has made a replica of a Thomas Tompion clock for the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Fairfax barometer back on display

22 June 2009

THE important 17th century ivory barometer stolen from the Fairfax House Museum in York has been recovered and is back on display in the museum.

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