Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Coins

Mar 22, 2019

It was all smiles at Wessex Auction Rooms following their first specialist Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Coins auction of the year last week. The highlight of the auction was the sale of a Moroccan leather cased George VI Specimen 22ct Gold four coin set 1937 to include £5 Pounds, £2 Pounds, Sovereign & Half Sovereign. “The vendor came in with a fairly random collection of items and nestled amongst them was this coin set” explains Izzie Balmer, Auctioneer and Head Valuer. “He suspected they might be good but I don’t think he had any idea quite how good”. With strong competition between the room and the internet the bids soared up to £7,800.

Diamonds continue to command the jewellery market, with a beautiful three stone diamond ring selling at top estimate for £1,500. Formed of a central round brilliant cut diamond assessed as VS clarity, colour I and weighing approximately 0.55 carat with a princess cut diamond either side, the total diamond weight approximately 1.0 carat, it saw several determined bidders in the room. “Three stone diamond rings are a popular choice and a good investment; they’re timeless and suit all hands of all ages” comments Izzie. “What was particularly nice about this ring was the combination of round brilliant cut and princess cut diamonds. And of course the VS clarity of that central diamond.”

A very rare 1847 silver Gothic Crown coin sold for £1,300. The Victorian era saw the revival of the Gothic style; harking back to a period of chivalry and romance. Reflected in their architecture, literature, furniture, clothing and coinage, the Gothic style resonated with the Victorians and their love of grandeur. Introduced in 1847, the medieval style portrait of Queen Victoria was designed by Royal Mint chief engraver William Wyon and was the first time since the reign of Charles II that a monarch was shown wearing a crown on coinage. Facing left the young Queen Victoria is portrayed with her iconic braided hair updo wearing a crown and an embroidered dress depicting roses, thistles and shamrocks to represent England, Scotland and Ireland. The example at Wessex Auction Rooms was in excellent condition with its original patina and a true collectors’ piece.

A Victorian 18ct yellow gold centre seconds top wind open face pocket watch saw strong competition. Hallmarked for Chester 1899 it ticked all the boxes for collectors. Centre seconds pocket watches are more desirable than pocket watches with subsidiary dials displaying the seconds hand, and this example in lovely condition rocketed its way to £880.

Silver tea services are often seen at auction but a matched George III example in the auction was a little bit different to the more commonly seen plainer tea services. Comprising tea pot, milk jug and twin handled sugar bowl, the handles were modelled as snakes with basket weave design bands to the body. Each piece was a different maker and dated 1808/1809 and sold above estimate at £750.

Jade jewellery continues to sell well and a pair of early 20th century jade rose metal drop earrings sold well above estimate. The most prized variety green jade in jewellery is known as Imperial jade and has a vibrant green colour. The jade in these earrings were a less bright shade of green but still of good colour with a hammer price of £600.

Wessex Auction Rooms are consigning now for their next specialist Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Coins auction on June 7th. Deadline for entries Friday 17th May 2019. Please call the office on 02149 720888 or email for more information.