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The Order of St Patrick was founded in 1783 by King George III, and was originally intended as a reward for Irish peers who remained loyal to the Crown during the American War of Independence.

Membership became obsolete when the last surviving knight, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, died in 1974.

A diamond, emerald and enamel star brooch of the Order of St Patrick is going under the hammer at Cheffins on September 13-14 in Cambridge.

Designed as a cluster of rays in eight points, it is set throughout with graduated single-cut diamonds, a centre shamrock set with three round-cut emeralds and a St Patrick’s saltire set with four calibre-cut rubies. A green enamel ring displays the motto Quis Separabit MDCCLXXXIII, meaning ‘Who shall separate us?’ (taken from St Paul’s letter to the Romans), and the date of the order’s institution in 1783. Estimate £1500-2500.


Seven works by Singaporean artist Cheong Soo Pieng (1917-83), a pioneer of the Nanyang School, will feature in Andrew Smith & Son’s sale in Itchen Stoke, Hampshire, on September 12-13.

The group was acquired between 1959-65 by a lawyer working in Singapore under the guidance of Loke Wan Tho, a distinguished collector.

Estimated at £3000-5000 is a 3ft 1in x 18in (94 x 45cm) ink, watercolour wash and body colour portrait of a young warrior in a traditional plume headdress, probably from Sarawak in Borneo.

It has a two-character signature, red seal mark and is dated 1961.


One of only six produced, a Nantgarw masonic tumbler is a potential highlight of Rogers Jones & Co’s Welsh Sale in Cardiff on September 9.

The tumblers were made in 1819 during the time of Nantgarw’s founder, William Billingsley (1758-1828), and were originally sold to a Mr Hopkin-Jones. It is not known why they were produced.

This 3in (8cm) high example, estimated at £2500-3000, has a tapered body decorated in gilt with the symbols of a square and compass to the obverse and the sun on the reverse.

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A c.1895 pearl, ruby and diamond brooch up at auction bears the maker’s mark FK – possibly for Friedrick Koechli, the Russian imperial court jeweller.

The piece has a circular frame of old brilliant-cut diamonds, highlighted at intervals with cushion-shaped rubies, and a central foliate motif of pearls and more diamonds.

It is estimated at £2000-2500 in Chiswick Auctions’ jewellery sale in London on September 12.

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