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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An exceptional English chronometer auctioned in Hamburg

06 June 2022

This English deck chronometer is Molyneux No 1326 – made by the London maker Robert Molyneux in c.1830.

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ATG letter: Watching out for Buckinghamshire watchmaker

06 June 2022

Can anyone help, please, or point me in the direction of someone who can?

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Jewellery worth getting sentimental about

06 June 2022

The sale at jewellery auction house Elmwood’s (25% buyer’s premium) in London on May 19 included a remarkable family archive of antique items.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

Royal icons at Bond Street platinum jubilee show

30 May 2022

Sotheby’s is holding a month-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the platinum jubilee.

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Diamond brooch given by Queen Elizabeth II as a thank-you for coronation duties

30 May 2022

A presentation diamond brooch given by Queen Elizabeth II to the Duchess of Norfolk for assistance prior to her coronation in 1953 is to be offered by Mayfair auction house Noonans on June 14, estimated at £4000-6000.

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Ring owned by Princess Margaret comes to London saleroom

30 May 2022

This Georgian enamel and rock crystal mourning ring was formerly owned by Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

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Elaborate Chinese timepiece on offer in Paris auction

30 May 2022

Aponem is holding a sale at Drouot on June 15.

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Going platinum: the market for royal memorabilia

30 May 2022

English jubilees, coronations and investitures have long been occasions not only for a national celebration but also for manufacturers to cash in with an array of souvenirs. In this special report we turn the spotlight on royal items offered and sold by dealers and auction houses

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Tantalising prospect of owning a clock and a Zoffany

30 May 2022

The recent auction at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) included the firm’s biannual horological offering.

NAJ Summit

Jewellery event speakers revealed

25 May 2022

The National Association of Jewellers’ Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV) has announced the keynote speakers for its upcoming conference this summer.

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Masterpiece to include Wrest Park treasures

23 May 2022

Clock specialist Carter Marsh will dedicate much of its stand at Masterpiece London to the third and final part of the remarkable John C Taylor collection of horological items.

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Street art: The inter-war version in ceramics

23 May 2022

Popular figures were created in Chelsea by husband and wife duo Charles and Nell Vyse

Table clock

A Knibb golden opportunity: table clock emerges in German auction

16 May 2022

This Charles II ebony and silvermounted table clock by the London golden-age clockmaker Joseph Knibb (1640-1711) emerged for sale in Germany.

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Nelson mourning ring by ‘special request’

16 May 2022

The Marine Sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) included a very rare gold and enamel ring marking the death of Admiral Lord Nelson in 1805.

Silver spoons

Farnham antiques centre targeted by thieves

12 May 2022

A Farnham antiques centre is hoping to track down items stolen after a break in last week.

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Swiss peak proves to be a bargain price 15 years on

09 May 2022

During the late summer of 1907, the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler visited the Engadin region and painted six landscapes of nearby mountains.

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Heuer helps rally timing

02 May 2022

Described by Bonhams (15% buyer’s premium) as “the ultimate in rally equipment from the 1960s”, a pair of stopwatches mounted on an original Heuer plate intended to be attached to the dashboard of a racing or rally car received a suitably enthusiastic response.

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Indian pieces including jewellery owned by the mother of the Maharajah Duleep Singh attract bids at Bonhams

25 April 2022

The Islamic and Indian Art sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) on March 29 was topped by a diamond and emerald set gold pendant from the collection of Maharani Jindan Kaur (1817-63).

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Pick of the week: Poniatowski fakes gained real appeal

18 April 2022

The story of the Poniatowski gems provided one of the great art scandals of its day.

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Tooth be told on toadstones

18 April 2022

Toadstones are understood to be the button-like palatal teeth of lepidotes, an extinct genus of ray finned fish from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

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