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.

Brooch

Shipwreck furniture and lock of hair with Horatio Nelson links attract collectors at auction

04 October 2022

A bookcase made from the wreck of Nelson’s former flagship HMS Foudroyant and brooch containing a lock Nelson's hair sold at auction last month.

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Knox clock combines Celtic tradition and Victorian innovation

03 October 2022

Archibald Knox’s work for Liberty & Co often drew on the rich cultural heritage of his native Isle of Man.

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Showy Victorian taste lights up Shropshire sale

03 October 2022

Literally the highlight of Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Autumn Sale was a hall lantern demonstrating showy high Victorian taste at its most confident.

Charles de Temple ring

Charles de Temple ‘Bond’ ring stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

30 September 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a modernist ring linked to a Bond film that made over twice its estimate in London.

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A timely investment in horology?

19 September 2022

‘Subject to changes in taste, a pandemic and the loss of key collectors, the market keeps ticking over’

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Lincolnshire collection

19 September 2022

Proving that not all clocks need to sell for thousands to attract interest, this 19th century circular mantel clock sold at Stamford Auction Rooms (20% buyer’s premium) in Lincolnshire for £500 with an estimate of £50-£80.

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Selective chiming for French clocks

19 September 2022

Not quite in step with contemporary interiors, French decorative clocks have had a lower profile at auction in recent times.

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Rare English masters come up for sale

19 September 2022

The autumn season will bring a number of English Golden Age clocks by top makers to auction.

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Fair sailing for novelties at auction

19 September 2022

Two late 19th century novelty clocks at Dreweatts achieved good results on September 6.

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Keeping precision time at Exbury House sale

19 September 2022

An area of specific current interest is high-quality English 19th century clocks with precision movements housed in carriage or mantel cases.

Halley’s comet brooch

A Georgian brooch to commemorate Halley’s Comet is among five lots to watch

12 September 2022

With estimates from £200, here are five previews of upcoming items.

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The Swan’s jewels shine among Shakenhurst lots

12 September 2022

With the added lustre of having been worn by a Fifties aristocratic supermodel, two jewellery items entered by her grandchildren were the stars at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale of items from a Shropshire manor.

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Previews: issue 2559

12 September 2022

A selection of upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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Pressure point in the saleroom

05 September 2022

Barometers among collections of two renowned polymaths test the market temperature

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Time waits for no-one at French auction

05 September 2022

'Une histoire du temps' (a history of time) is the title of the sale to be held by Aguttes in Neuilly on September 28.

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Previews: issue 2558

05 September 2022

A selection of eight upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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Fourteen bidders eager for a slice of the illusion action

22 August 2022

Percy Thomas Tibbles, born in Hampstead, London, in 1881, was destined to become famous for cutting women in half.

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Go batty about a brooch

22 August 2022

Although, thanks in part to Bram Stoker’s Dracula (first published in 1897), bats have acquired a reputation as ‘creatures of the night’ in many cultures they are viewed as symbols of luck or reincarnation.

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Sapphire-set owl makes five times estimate at Oxford sale

22 August 2022

The owl had been a symbol of wealth and wisdom since the days of ancient Greece and inspired designers such as Lalique.

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Rare Tornek-Rayville dive watch emerges at Bonhams Skinner

22 August 2022

The latest sale of Clocks, Watches, & Scientific Instruments held by Bonhams Skinner (25% buyer’s premium) included one of perhaps only 50 surviving Tornek-Rayville TR-900 stainless steel dive watches.

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