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Jewellery on offer online from dealers: a showcase

30 March 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, ‘non-essential’ businesses such as antique shops, centres and galleries have been closed since last Tuesday. However, many dealerships are very much ‘open’, working at home and trading via email and websites. Pictured here is a selection of fine pieces of period jewellery for sale today.

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The minaudière from Mr Arpels

30 March 2020

The minaudière, a case for storing several personal items in a small space, first appeared during the 1930s.

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How old values still stand firm today

30 March 2020

Three Victorian bangles were among the most popular lots of Dreweatts’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of Fine Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Objects of Vertu.

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Natural topaz commands a premium at Barbara Kirk

30 March 2020

Topaz in its natural state is a golden brown to yellow, a characteristic which means it is sometimes confused with the less valuable gemstone citrine.

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A ‘sing-song’ for the inventive James Cox

30 March 2020

The London entrepreneur James Cox (c.1723-1800) is best known as a specialist in the intricate clockwork curios encrusted with gold, silver and jewel, referred to as ‘sing-songs.’

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A collection of Georgian and Victorian jewellery to remember

30 March 2020

A recent Stroud Auctions sale featured a private collection of more than 120 pieces of Georgian and Victorian jewellery. Most were rings, among them many examples of mourning jewellery in a wide range of forms and materials.

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Eros and the grasshopper

30 March 2020

This Grand Tour-era ring sold at Great Western Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow features an unusual banded carnelian intaglio carved with a putti holding the leg of a large grasshopper.

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Poniatowski ‘fakes’ bring £15,500

30 March 2020

This collection of 10 carnelian intaglios carved to depict classical figures and scenes once formed part of the collection of Prince Stanislas Poniatowski (1754-1833). His past possessions are always of interest to collectors.

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Digging for Britain

30 March 2020

An aquamarine pendant telling the story of the founder of the Women’s Land Army and a rare Tudor ring shine at Dix Noonan Webb. By Roland Arkell and John Benjamin.

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Flag signals 1945 victory

16 March 2020

This flag offered at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) carries inscriptions for HMS Swiftsure – British Pacific Fleet – 1945, and the Japanese cities Sasebo and Tokyo.

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Naval success was right on the money

16 March 2020

A First World War medal fashioned from a Mexican eight reales coin was an unusual feature of a group sold at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) on February 19.

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Hong Kong could be key surprise result for military maps

16 March 2020

Four military maps encompassing Siam (Thailand), Hong Kong, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia took an unexpected £3700 at the Peter Wilson (22% buyer’s premium) Arms, Militaria, Medals & Firearms auction earlier this year.

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Lancer lots charge into auctions

16 March 2020

The Crimea medal awarded to one of only two officers taken prisoner by the Russians during the calamitous Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854 sold for £14,000 at London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb (25% buyer’s premium).

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Badges: the big attraction at Stroud Auctions

16 March 2020

Interest from bidders in more than 40 countries competed for what Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium plus VAT) called a “world-class private collection of over 4000 military badges”.

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SAS trooper's collection: a special force of the saleroom

16 March 2020

The best-seller lists these days will always include a good number of explosive memoirs written by special forces veterans and their heroic stories usually also mean high interest at auction.

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Rev Garner: a man of war and peace

16 March 2020

The Church of England was Geoffrey Garner’s vocation in life – collecting military badges his hobby

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Bosleys moves auction from Marlow to Staffordshire and launches new sale format

16 March 2020

Bosleys has launched a new format for its auctions, including a move from Marlow to Staffordshire.

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Militaria: A woman's fight to serve

16 March 2020

Before British female nurses could even help with the wounded they faced a battle to be accepted, as the story behind a medal winner reveals.

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Bountiful barn find of Great War interest

16 March 2020

“Something awful. Never witnessed anything like it before. After a bombardment of a week the Germans mounted their own trenches and the infantry reckon that every German had a machine gun…”

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Dealer delights: 16 highlights from around the stands at TEFAF Maastricht 2020

24 February 2020

Our selection of highlights from this year’s TEFAF Maastricht

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