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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Viscountess Astor’s aquamarine jewel sparkles in Newbury

18 March 2019

An impressive Edwardian aquamarine and diamond brooch with a provenance to the first lady to take her seat as an MP in the UK sold for £54,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at auction this month.

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Five highlights from Fellows’ first Fine Jewellery auction

05 March 2019

Jewellery and watch specialist Fellows is to introduce a new sale category this month focused upon the better quality lots it sells from its Birmingham saleroom.

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Louis XIV French table clock emerges in Dallas auctions

04 March 2019

This early 18th century Louis XIV French table clock is part of a selection of 19 early European timekeepers that feature in Heritage Auctions’ fine and decorative arts sale in Dallas on March 8-10.

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Pick of the week: 18th century pocket watch by Henry Cowper bought for £1 proves a profitable investment

25 February 2019

An 18th century pocket watch by Gibraltarian goldsmith Henry Cowper emerged for sale at Rowley’s auction house in Ely. It belonged to a Lincolnshire private collector who bought it over 50 years ago for £1 from a former resident of the Rock.

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Time recorders and machines of their time

25 February 2019

Two single-owner collections built up over lifetimes were well received at Canterbury Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium) on February 5-6.

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Seaweed marquetry longcase clock causes auction ripple

25 February 2019

Good times at the Oxford rooms of Mallams (20% buyer’s premium), when all bar one of 56 clocks got away almost all going comfortably above estimates.

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Etruscan revival gold bracelet emerges in Maine auction

18 February 2019

A rich spread of American, European and Asian material is on offer at Thomaston Place’s latest Winter Weekend auction to be held over three days from March 1-3 in Thomaston, Maine.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

18 February 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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George IV carriage clock made by James Murray sells over 10-times estimate McTear’s

18 February 2019

Given a surprising £200-300 estimate, a George IV brass and glass carriage clock was one of the stars of McTear’s (23% buyer’s premium) Glasgow sale on February 1.

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Revived auction house Hutchinson Scott powers forward

18 February 2019

After re-booting the moribund firm of Hutchinson Scott (20% buyer’s premium) in 2016, former dealers Michael Scott and Paul Hodson have now bought their premises at Embsay Mill at Skipton.

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Alfred Jewel discovered again

11 February 2019

Among the more eagerly contested entries to the Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) sale on January 24 was a late 19th century replica of the Alfred Jewel: the great example of Anglo-Saxon goldsmithing found in Somerset in 1693 and today one of the most popular exhibits at the Ashmolean Museum.

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10 jewellery highlights at auction for winter 2019

11 February 2019

A selection of 10 stand-out jewellery lots offered at auction in February-April 2019.

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Rare timepieces from wartime in Penzance and West Sussex

11 February 2019

A rare Longines centre seconds military wristwatch – a type developed in 1944 for the rigours of airborne work by the Research & Development team of the War Department – sold for a multi-estimate £11,200 at Barbara Kirk (15% buyer’s premium) in Penzance on November 27 last year.

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Memento ring of the last Jacobite to be executed for treason sells in Chichester

11 February 2019

A local family that could trace a clear line back to the 1750 was the consignor of this gold, white enamel and citrine mourning ring to Henry Adams in Chichester.

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The ‘new’ market appeal of the tiara

11 February 2019

Deemed a little ostentatious in some circles, tiaras have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, particularly in Russia and the Baltic states where jeans and a diamond fascinator are de rigueur at informal high-society events.

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The rivière’s endless flow at auction

11 February 2019

The rivière – one of the most popular and enduring styles of necklace to come out of the Georgian period – features an endless line of matched or subtly graduated gems set within inconspicuous collets.

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The many ‘fearless’ faces of Edith Weber: highlights from the jewellery sale at Skinner in Boston

11 February 2019

The opening 96 lots of the sale at Skinner (23% buyer’s premium) in Boston on December 4 were from the stock of the former New York dealership Edith Weber Antique Jewelry.

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Bonhams director of jewellery predicts continued growth in emerald prices

11 February 2019

Jean Ghika, global director of jewellery at Bonhams, closed out 2018 on a positive note.

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Burmese sapphire brooch brings its rich seam to Cumbria

11 February 2019

Sapphires have been mined in Burma (now Myanmar) for over a millennium, the stones admired for their colour saturation and dark hues.

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Remarkable pieces of Australian gold rush era jewellery appear at UK sales

11 February 2019

Gold rush era jewellery from Down Under is a rare visitor to UK salerooms but, remarkably, several pieces have appeared for sale in recent months.

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