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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British Museum unveils classical gems exhibition following return of stolen items

20 February 2024

The British Museum is showcasing classical gems that were recovered after a long-running theft was exposed.

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Digital museum to fuel interest in clocks and watches

19 February 2024

A digital museum showcasing items from the celebrated clock collection of John C Taylor launches next month.

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An Art Nouveau ring by Henri Dubret is among five lots to watch

19 February 2024

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Silver under the floorboards and vinaigrettes in the cooker

08 February 2024

The extraordinary collection of the Bath dealer-collector George Withers (1946-2023) comes for sale across three days and two salerooms later this month.

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Strong markets that create key battleground

29 January 2024

Jewellery, watches and luxury goods have become a key battleground in the regions. A persistently strong market has brought competition from specialist departments and the arrival of new designated auction firms based in and around the London area.

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Eye on an object: 1920s Egyptian sarcophagus charm

29 January 2024

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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Titanic memorabilia fascination surfaces once more at auction

22 January 2024

A tartan deck blanket, a pocket watch and a first-class dinner menu were all top-sellers in the latest auction of Titanic, White Star and Transport Memorabilia at Henry Aldridge & Son (plus 26.4% buyer’s premium).

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Plea to trace stolen art and antiques from two separate burglaries in Sevenoaks

19 January 2024

Investigators from Kent Police are appealing for information on two separate crimes in Sevenoaks when artworks and an antique clock were stolen.

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Carved coral pendant created in a style typical of Trapani

15 January 2024

Trapani in western Sicily has for centuries been renowned as a centre for objects mounted with carved coral, a tradition that derives from the nearby coral reefs and reached its height in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Top stories this week including news of a Burges brooch discovered on the Antiques Roadshow coming to auction

14 January 2024

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a Gothic revival brooch designed by William Burges which was unveiled on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow now heading to auction.

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Appeal after £2000 worth of jewellery stolen from Norfolk antiques centre

13 January 2024

An antiques centre in Holt, Norfolk is appealing for help to recover stolen jewellery taken during a theft.

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Third Burges brooch emerges at auction following Antiques Roadshow appearance

08 January 2024

The new discovery, unveiled on the BBC show Antiques Roadshow on Christmas Eve, comes for sale in Market Harborough on March 5.

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Pick of the week: Mexican nun’s badge found in Norfolk

02 January 2024

The Christmas Gifts sale at TW Gaze in Diss included a rare example of 18th century Catholic colonial jewellery: a Mexican 'escudo de monja' or nun’s badge.

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Ambrose Gardner signs in at auction

02 January 2024

Very few English Golden Age clocks signed by Ambrose Gardner are recorded.

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Pocket chronometer was Breguet built, Humboldt owned

18 December 2023

The combination of a pre-eminent maker and a perfect provenance made a late 18th century pocket chronometer one of the most sought-after pieces at Dr Crott (25% buyer’s premium) in Mannheim on November 18.

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5 Questions: Burlington Arcade watch dealer Daniel Somlo

18 December 2023

Daniel Somlo is a watch dealer at Somlo London in Burlington Arcade and a qualified Omega watchmaker.

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Brooch was ‘gift from Duke and Duchess of Windsor’

18 December 2023

The sale at Young’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Farnham, Surrey, on November 25 included jewels and objects of vertu with royal provenances.

English table clock signed for Ambrose Gardner

English table clock stars in our pick of five auction highlights

15 December 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an extremely rare ebony veneered English table clock signed for Ambrose Gardner that more than doubled its estimate at auction.

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An Etruscan Revival micro-mosaic brooch is among five lots to watch

04 December 2023

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of upcoming items.

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Bugatti’s Breguet clock races away to take £170,000

04 December 2023

An exceptional silver Breguet hump-backed carriage clock commissioned by car maker Ettore Bugatti topped Bonhams’ latest Fine Clock Sale.

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