A Somerset watch collector who has decided to thin out their collection has consigned this Omega Seamaster and a Rolex Submariner to Sherborne saleroom Charterhouse on December 14.
The Seamaster, pictured above, was the first professional diver’s watch produced. Developed in conjunction with international marine diver, explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau, the Seamaster was capable of working at depths up to 600m (or 2000ft).
With its large red button, to enable the diver to set the bezel for decompression timings, this Omega was bought new by an RAF officer in 1975 who, as well as flying aeroplanes, was also involved with the shallow-water recovery team. The Omega is estimated at £4000-4500 and the Rolex Submariner is guided at £4500-4800.
Vintage movie posters, James Bond collectables and this original script from 1972 epic The Godfather are among the lots to go under the hammer at Ewbank’s sale in Surrey of entertainment memorabilia on December 13.
Written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, the original third draft film script is dated March 29, 1971, and is hand-named on the first page for Al Lettieri, who played Virgil ‘The Turk’ Sollozzo.
It comprises 158 blue pages with a handwritten page of notes and is leather-bound.
These hand-painted tiles by Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) formed part of a small group at the Highgate home of Alison Waley, widow of Arthur Waley, the sinologist and Bloomsbury figure.
It is unusual to find three forming part of the same design from the group, which is now widely dispersed. Measuring 4in (10cm) square each, they are mounted together in wooden window frame and are priced together at £5000 from London book dealer Maggs.
This Sheraton-style mahogany bureau bookcase above is by the celebrated English cabinet maker Edwards & Roberts and dates from c.1905. Inside is a paper label which records it as having been included in a 1927 sale of items from Dunraven Castle, a now-demolished grand house near Southerndown in south Wales which was home to the earls of Dunraven.
Featuring a pierced swan neck pediment over a dental cornice and inlaid frieze, fine marquetry work panels to the bureau fall and door fronts depict musical instruments with ribbon swags, laurel and holly leaves.
The bureau opens to reveal a fitted interior with pigeon holes and six small stationery drawers with inlaid satinwood fronts and original gilded knobs.
Measuring 3ft 6in (1.06m) wide and 6ft 10in (2.33m) high, the bureau bookcase has its original locks, latches and knobs, with keys also supplied.
It is offered for sale by Collinge Antiques of Conwy, north Wales, for £3295.