Twentieth century pieces proved to be the prize jewels at the 450-lot March 16 sale of silver and jewellery held by Leominster auctioneers Brightwells (15% buyer’s premium).
Star of the day was this Art Deco diamond and black enamel bracelet, right, with French assay marks but no maker's name.
This anonymity did not disguise the quality of the workmanship or the attraction of the geometric, light-and-shade design and it was given pride of place on the catalogue cover. Estimated at £4000-6000, the c.1930 bracelet sold at £5500.
Another piece of '30s jewellery, this time signed Cartier London, was a platinum ring, pavé-set with seven emerald-cut diamonds and, unusually, set at each side to the mount with five baguette-cut diamonds. Estimated at £3000-4000, it sold at £4800.
Silver was a mixture of period and 20th century offerings and, here in Herefordshire, the early 20th century provided the best seller.
It came in the sizeable form of a Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co, 1909, 76oz punch bowl. Featuring embossed chrysanthemums, cast birds' masks and engraved Cheltenham College Athletic Sports, it was something of a one-off, hence the cautious £500-800 estimate.
But it was an attractive piece in its way and sold at £1450.
Best of the period silver were an 11in (28cm) diameter bowl, by Paul Storr, 1811, and a pair of circular coasters marked for I.W.S. London 1811.
Each lot was estimated at £400-600, and each sold at £800.