Dawsons

Dawsons was founded by chairman and owner Ben Haynes who decided to create an auction business after frequenting other auction houses while building his collection of Rene Lalique car mascots (now on permanent display in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu).

The firm provides valuation and sales advice for fine jewellery, watches, fine and contemporary art, antiques, and family heirlooms, from its auction logistics centre in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and its valuations office in Hampstead, London.


Churchill's pocket watch

Pocket watch linking two prime ministers more than doubles estimate at Berkshire auction

30 May 2024

A pocket watch given to Sir Winston Churchill by Henry Herbert Asquith for Christmas in 1905 sold for £76,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Berkshire auction house Dawsons.

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Jonathan Pratt joins Berkshire firm Dawsons

20 May 2024

Dawsons Auctioneers has appointed Jonathan Pratt as managing director.

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Collection of commander killed when HMS Hood was sunk by the Bismarck comes to auction

01 May 2024

When HMS Hood was sunk on May 24, 1941, it caused shock waves throughout the world, given that the Royal Navy battlecruiser was regarded as one of the most technically advanced warships then afloat.

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Stand-out works on paper underline appeal of rarities from notable names

18 March 2024

If you wanted to sum up the current state of the watercolours and works on paper sector in a single sentence, you might say something like ‘flatter than ever for general works but exceptional lots routinely generating strong interest’.

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Simple style but 1950s watches can be high tech

11 March 2024

Beneath the simple ‘1950s dress watch’ styling, the Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic hides a lot of post-war tech.

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Watches: How military precision massively influenced design

11 March 2024

The wristwatch, which began to replace the pocket watch in the First World War, really came into its own with the production of bespoke ‘tool’ watches for submariners and airmen later in the century

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Ring by Dubret influenced by Lalique but at a more affordable level

04 March 2024

Dawsons’ (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver sale included this Art Nouveau gem-set foliage panel ring by Henri Dubret (1872-1947).

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Chess collecting: now it’s your move

27 November 2023

How much would you spend on an antique or vintage chess set? Here are three examples from different periods that sold across a wide range of prices.

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The draw of a great sapphire and a great atelier

20 November 2023

Kashmir sapphires have acquired a near-legendary status, due to their lustrous cornflower colour, soft velvety texture and extreme rarity.

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Cherry pick: sapphire and diamond Cartier brooch comes to Dawsons

04 September 2023

The September 21 sale at Dawsons in Maidenhead includes this Cartier natural sapphire and diamond brooch designed as a single bloom of cherry blossom.

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Oscar Wilde letter ponders inverted commas

14 August 2023

A fine Oscar Wilde letter sold for £16,000 at Dawsons (25% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead on June 29.

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‘Ferris wheel’ timepiece turns heads

24 July 2023

This ‘ferris wheel’ timepiece, thermometer and barometer compendium is a novel type that was first made in France in the last quarter of the 19th century.

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Clarice Cliff keeps a strong collector following

17 July 2023

It is 20 years ago that the auction record for Clarice Cliff was sent tumbling when an 18in (46cm) May Avenue charger sold for £34,000 at Christie’s South Kensington on May 14, 2003. Those were heady days indeed.

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Preview: a work presented by Dickens to his Latin tutor

17 July 2023

Shown here is a copy in Latin of the 'Quirtii Horatii Flacci' opera, 1823, presented by Charles Dickens to his Latin tutor Richard Shiers (mentioned in a book titled 'The Life of Charles Dickens', p45).

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Two hundred years of the Cotmans celebrated as a single collection

10 July 2023

Family group at auction offered works by several generations including the renowned John Sell Cotman

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Pick of the week: Fascination for the Indian princess then Suffragette

05 June 2023

As timing goes, the sale date for an album of handwritten letters, photographs and ephemera related to Sophia Duleep Singh (1876-1948) could not have been much better.

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Floral swags and pear-shaped drops on offer

05 June 2023

Featuring in the June 22 Jewellery, Watches Silver auction at Dawsons in Maidenhead is this late Victorian diamond garland necklace.

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Small Afnan works fly to four figures

22 May 2023

Flying over a £200-300 estimate at a recent sale at Dawsons (25% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead were two small mixed-media works by Maliheh Afnan (1935-2016).

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It’s a Cotman family extravaganza at Dawsons

15 May 2023

A collection of works by the Cotman family of artists is coming for sale at Maidenhead auction house Dawsons this month.

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Tureens on offer from a huge service

01 May 2023

The May 18 sale of Jewellery, Watches & Silver at Dawsons includes a pair of silver sauce tureens by William Bateman for Rundell, Bridge & Co, London 1837.

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