Sparkles and Smiles at Wessex Auction Rooms' Summer Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Coins auction

Aug 08, 2019

Wessex Auction Rooms' Summer Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Coins auction was a roaring success with Izzie Balmer at the helm, wielding the gavel. The saleroom was packed, with plenty of new faces amongst the regular buyers, with an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement. “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” comments Izzie, FGA DGA, Auctioneer and Head Valuer at Wessex Auction Rooms.

The highlight of the auction was a rare Gents 18ct yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona wristwatch with abalone shell dial, three sub dials and set with diamonds. Gents wristwatches, particularly the big names, are such a collectable item and the market appears to be going from strength to strength. This example saw people travelling miles to view the watch and with bids online from across the world, telephone lines and bidders in the room the atmosphere was electric all the way up to the £12,000 hammer price. For those whose budget didn’t quite stretch to £12,000 but still wanted a good solid watch, the Gents 18ct yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day/Date Chronometer wristwatch set with diamonds came up next and sold for £5,100.

A Murrle Bennett Arts and Crafts turquoise and baroque pearl 15ct yellow gold pendant necklace saw lots of pre-sale interest, and as the most watched item in the auction it was no surprise there were numerous bids in the room, on the internet and on the phone. There was an intense bidding battle with one of the phone lines finally securing the necklace for £1,600. “What was particularly special about this necklace was that it retained its original chain and was in lovely condition” explains Izzie Balmer. “Murrle Bennett pieces always do well at auction, they’ve just got that iconic Arts and Crafts look that is so popular.”

A blue sapphire and diamond yellow gold cluster ring had all the ladies cooing. The ring was an absolute classic with the timeless cushion cut blue sapphire of a superb royal blue colour, the sparkly white diamond surround drawing the eye to the intensity of the blue. “I’ve yet to see a finger that it didn’t look fab on” gushes Izzie “it was no surprise that a ring of that quality stole everyone’s heart with lots of hopeful hands in the room. It sold to a determined online bidder for £1,450.”

It wasn’t just women’s rings that were on offer at Wessex Auction Rooms. The auction also contained some flashy Gents’ rings and not to be out-done the boys bid for their toys. A huge emerald 14ct gold Gents ring sold to the room for £2,200 and a glitzy diamond Gents ring comprising thirty-two diamonds with a total diamond weight of 4.90 carats sold for £1,900. A Gents diamond solitaire ring, the diamond weighing 1.25 carats, tinted but with a very good clarity of VS sold for £1,300.

A stunning Victorian four-piece silver tea and coffee service, dated 1881, makers Thomas Bradbury and Sons, soared its way to £1,050. Comprising a tea pot, coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl, it displayed lovely engraved repeating designs, matching on all four pieces and, unusually, it wasn’t engraved with the owner’s initials. Passed down through the family, they had always believed the tea and coffee service to have been given by the Tennyson family to Anderson Bates, a solicitor and Freeman of Grimsby, for his services rendered.“It is genuinely one of the most beautiful silver tea services I have ever seen” comments Izzie. “The quality was superb and there was just something about it; I would very happily have that on my table to make the morning tea and coffee in!”

An unusual French 18th century enamelled double bladed knife sold for £950. The red enamelled handle was decorated with inlaid mother-of-pearl cherub and courting couple scenes with a fan shaped white metal terminal. The knife was contained within its original leather case. Circa 1740s, and in extremely good condition in came down to a battle between the room and the internet, with the determined room bidder being the last man standing at £950.

Pocket watches had their moment with a George III 18ct yellow gold open face key wind pocket watch selling for £900. Makers Ross & Peckham and hallmarked London 1808 it was in lovely condition with none of the hairline cracks to the dial so often seen. A George III silver full hunter key wind fusee pocket watch, makers Thomas de Lasalle, hallmarked London 1811 sold for £380 and a George III silver pair case pocket sold for £180.

Wessex Auction Rooms are looking forward to their next Silver, Jewellery, Watches and Coin auction on Friday 7th December, and are consigning entries now. Open Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm, drop by anytime or call 01249 720888 or email to book an appointment.