Clocks, Watches & Jewellery

This category ranges from historical clocks to contemporary jewellery. Dealers tend to specialise in one of these individual areas while many auctions feature separate sections for horology, watches and jewellery as part of their mixed sales.

However, dedicated sales, especially in the jewellery category, are now fairly commonly especially in London, Birmingham and other major centres.

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Collectors vie for Breguet gold watch which belonged to a Tolstoy

01 March 2021

Abraham Louis Breguet is generally considered to be the greatest watchmaker of all times, responsible for numerous inventions, which revolutionised the art.

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It’s Tompion time in Birmingham

01 March 2021

Although Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) is often referred to as the Father of English Clockmaking, his talents were not just limited to clocks.

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De Belle clock emerges in Munich

01 March 2021

Among the works of art on sale at Hampel in Munich on March 25-26 is a so-called Pendule au Manège from the early 19th century.

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A Cartier ‘tool’ watch from 1915 makes £12,000 at Fellows

22 February 2021

Although the elegant lines of the Cartier Tonneau Curvex wristwatch are the antithesis of today’s macho tool watch, many were used by soldiers in the First World War.

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Estate of Turpin Antiques dealer stands up and delivers

15 February 2021

A recent Reeman Dansie sale in Colchester included 80 pieces from the estate of the well-known dealer Jane Sumner, who died last September at the age of 82.

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The web shop window: Graeco-Egyptian gem mounted in a gold ring

08 February 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Lady Mountbatten collection up for sale at Sotheby's

08 February 2021

A 350-lot sale of items from the collection of Lady Mountbatten including jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures, books, silver and ceramics will be offered at Sotheby’s on March 24.

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Pocket watches demand rockets

08 February 2021

Dealers’ online retail site reveals the pocket watches collecting market has become one of the biggest growers.

Breguet Four Minute Tourbillon watch

Rare George III watch barred from leaving country in hope it can be bought by a UK buyer

03 February 2021

A £2m pocket watch once owned by George III has been temporarily blocked from export to give a UK institution the chance to purchase it.

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George Achard ruby and diamond ring watch from c.1780 emerges at Hamburg sale

25 January 2021

Cortrie in Hamburg is holding an auction of watches and vintage timepieces on February 13.

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Four brothers who were handy in the watches market

25 January 2021

The Swiss maker Bovet Fleurier, chartered on May 1, 1822, in London as one of first watch companies to do business in China.

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Fourteen pieces of jewellery offered at auctions in early 2021

18 January 2021

A selection of period and vintage jewellery lots for sale in January, February and March.

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Jewellery: Demand for quality antique and vintage pieces remains high in 2021

18 January 2021

Covid-19 has played havoc with the jewellery fairs and auction calendar but it has done little to dull the appetite for quality antique and vintage pieces.

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The web shop window: ornate Renaissance pearl pendant

11 January 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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More ‘treasure’ likely to be unearthed in 2021

21 December 2020

A notable source of ancient coins and historical jewellery appearing on the market in 2020 has been the soil. It is the success of the Portable Antiquities Scheme that finders of ‘treasure’ are now encouraged to declare discoveries and share the proceeds of sales with the landowner.

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Wind it even with gloves

21 December 2020

Estimated at £800-1000 at Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) but sold at £10,000 was this International Watch Company Luftwaffe pilot’s watch, c.1940.

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Plea to help find presidential pocket watch stolen from London dealer

17 December 2020

The trade has been asked to look out for a 14ct gold pocket watch that was stolen on December 12 from a gallery in Camden Passage in Islington, London.

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Lalique’s dragonfly brooch makes €230,000 in Paris

14 December 2020

The highlight of a sale of jewellery and silver at Peschetau Badin (27% buyer’s premium) on December 1- 2 in Paris was this gold ‘four dragonflies’ brooch by René Lalique.

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A John Knibb clock dial and a bronze portrait of WB Yeats’ muse are among the five lots to watch at auction

30 November 2020

With estimates from £120-3000, here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Gifts from Queen Victoria: Jewellery presented to god-daughters and family friends in the spotlight at Cheffins

23 November 2020

Gifts from Queen Victoria to two of her god-daughters garnered international attention at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge.

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