First jewellery, silver, watches & coin auction of 2018

Apr 21, 2018

The first Silver, Jewellery, Watches and Coins auction of 2018 at Wessex Auction Rooms was a roaring success with Head Valuer and Jewellery specialist Izzie Balmer FGA DGA and Director Tim Weeks wielding the gavels on the day.

“It was such an exciting day, with prices soaring and we had so many wonderful pieces in the auction that I don’t think I could pick a favourite, there were just so many to choose from” notes Izzie. “That being said I did rather admire a fabulous Arts and Crafts moonstone, sapphire and enamel brooch attributed to George Edward Hunt that was discovered in a box of costume jewellery. I knew it would do well, but I couldn’t have predicted the intense bidding battle between the internet and the phone bidder, with the crack of the gavel finally sounding at £2,100.” This record breaking result for any George Hunt brooch at auction highlights the continuing popularity of Arts and Crafts and early to mid-twentieth century jewellery.

Another popular Arts and Crafts name is Murrle Bennett & Co and an amethyst 15ct yellow gold pendant necklace, comprising six oval mixed cut amethysts set to openwork panels sold for £1,200. Murrle Bennet & Co were importers of jewellery made in Germany, predominantly by designer Theodor Fahrner between 1884 and 1914 and continue to command strong prices at auction.

Yet it wasn’t just about the antique jewellery, a 1.54 carat Tiffany solitaire cushion cut diamond platinum ring saw fierce competition from all corners of the saleroom, internet and on the phone lines and it was the determination of the room bidder that saw it sell for £7,800. “Diamonds are going from strength to strength at auction” comments Izzie “now is the time to sell at auction, whilst the market is strong and there is a hunger for good quality diamonds”.

Gents had their dream “wish-list” item with a WWII German Luftwaffe Observers arm watch selling for £2,800. German WWII militaria always sells well at auction, with watches receiving strong attention. Brought back from Germany during the war by the vendor’s father, who himself was in the RAF, it was an online buyer who fought off the competition to become the proud new owner of this much sought-after watch.

A single owner collection of coins including four sets of cased Jubilee Mint solid 22ct gold coins sold for over £20,000.An Art Deco silver cylindrical biscuit barrel oozed style and panache, selling for £500 after an online battle between multiple bidders showing once again that the market for good quality silver items remains strong.

Wessex Auction Rooms are currently consigning for their next Silver, Jewellery, Watches and Coin auction and are accepting entries Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm with no appointment necessary or alternatively call 01249 720888 or email to book an appointment.