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From the eight lots from a local private collection offered at Bearnes there was this 17th century gold and crystal memorial slide, illustrated right, with an enamelled skeleton motif, inscribed to the reverse
B.A May 24 1689. A near identical example had sold at £1350 at Bonhams London salerooms the previous week, but out in the provinces with a lower buyer’s premium this slide took £1750.

The more morbid the better is a
general rule in this market, hence the
discrepancy in price between two 18th century black enamelled gold rings, the more expensive example at £3100 had a skeleton motif under the sarcophagus-shaped crystal, while the other ring had a skull motif to the crystal and cost £1000.

Elsewhere, an 18th century ring with a skull and crossbones motif under an oval crystal in a garnet surround made £1350, and an 18th century heart-shaped pendant with a central hair plait and cherub motifs took £880.