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Among the 529 lots of offer at Thomson Roddick Auctions’ antiques and works of art sale on April 20 in Rosewell, near Edinburgh, is this pair of Oriental bronze cranes, consigned from a local Scottish collector.

Measuring 6ft 7in (2.1m) tall, with incised and cast decoration, one crane is featured striding forward with its beak in the air, the other walking behind. They have spent many years in an outbuilding and come to auction uncleaned with years of guano built up. Estimate £1000-2000.


Over 500 watches, including fob, pocket and bracelet examples, feature in Fellows’ Watch Sale on April 25 including this 18ct yellow gold case gentleman’s Hamilton wristwatch.

One of four from the maker in the sale, it is hallmarked London 1962, and features a silvered dial with baton hands. The bracelet measures 6½in (16.5cm) long.

Hamilton was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and by 1912 the first series of pocket watches was being produced, aimed at railroad workers to reduce the number of accidents caused by different timekeeping devices of unreliable accuracy. During the Second World War, Hamilton stopped producing watches for the general public and focused on providing the US forces with over one million timepieces.

In 1961 Elvis Presley wore his Ventura in Blue Hawaii and Stanley Kubrick commissioned Hamilton to provide a wristwatch and desk clock for his 2001: A Space Odyssey film in 1966.

Estimate £800-1200


A 19th century French ormolu mounted mantel clock by Raingo Frères is on offer in the Lawrences of Bletchingly three-day sale on April 25-27 in Surrey.

In rouge marble, the enamel dial has Roman and Arabic numerals and stands 14in (35.5cm) high.

Raingo Frères was founded in 1813 by Zacharie Joseph Raingo, who was born in 1775 in Belgium and moved to Paris in 1813. Most famous as clockmakers, in 1841 the four brothers started producing bronzes and furnishings. By 1860, Raingo Frères had produced bronzes and table pieces for the apartments of Emperor Napoleon III and his wife, the Empress Eugenia.

This example is estimated at £500-800.


On April 22 at Trevanion & Dean’s Fine Art & Antiques auction in Whitchurch, Shropshire, this north Italian ivory inlaid and ebonised bonheur de jour, with two cupboards and five drawers, is one of 65, 19th century items to feature in the 915-lot sale.

It measures 4ft 6in (1.37m) high and is decorated with animals, masks and scrolling foliage with a stencilled label for S&H Jewell, Holborn on the central drawer, a fine quality family-run cabinet-making business established in 1830.

It is guided at £1000-1500.