1. Tudor watch
The Oysterdate Monte Carlo series were the first chronographs produced by Tudor. A cyclops date magnifier, screw-down pushers and the distinctive dial with angled subsidiaries make them instantly recognisable.
This 1970s reference 7032 is known as the ‘homeplate’ thanks to its hour markers that resemble a baseball home plate. This example will be offered by Fellows in Birmingham today (August 16) with a guide of £3500-5000. View the Tudor watch via thesaleroom.com.
2. Scottish silver spoon
The rarest Scottish provincial town marks, known only from spoons and ladles, are Stonehaven, Ellon and Keith. While a few pieces with Stonehaven and Ellon marks are known, Keith silver has rarely appeared at auction – the last example spoon was offered in the 1990s.
A fiddle pattern teaspoon comes for sale at Lyon & Turnbull’s Scottish Works of Art sale in Edinburgh on August 18. As with the two examples illustrated in Jackson’s Silver & Gold Marks of England Scotland and Ireland, it is marked JC, probably for John Cumming, a watch and clockmaker in Keith. The town name is built from five oddly shaped letter punches, perhaps made by Cumming himself.
Estimate £1000-1500. View this silver spoon via thesaleroom.com.
3. Alvar Aalto chair
Mallams’ Modern Living Sale in Cheltenham on August 18 includes this Model 402 bent wood birch chair by Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), with an original label to the underside.
Early works by the Finnish architect and designer of furniture, textiles and glassware were created during a time of rapid economic growth and industrialisation in Finland.
He received patents for innovation in various manufacturing processes, including the bent wood technique shown in this Model 402 chair.
Dating from c.1933, the 2ft 5in (73cm) high chair (pictured above) was made for Finmar, one of the major importers of Scandinavian furniture to the UK between 1934-65.
Estimate £800-1200. View this Alvar Aalto chair via thesaleroom.com.
4. Stuart Devlin egg
New north Norfolk firm The Rostrum conducts a first sale in Thorpe Market, Roughton, on August 19-20.
From a London vendor, this silver gilt jack in a box ‘surprise’ egg by Stuart Devlin, London 1972, has a guide of £300-400. View the silver egg via thesaleroom.com.
5. Ercol tables
The Mid Century Design sale at W&H Peacock in Bedford on August 20 includes this set of 1960s Ercol supper occasional tables in elm and beech. It is estimated at £500-800.
Models 515 and 516 fit together for a table that measures 3ft 10in (1.15m) overall.
View this Ercol table via thesaleroom.com.