German, faux 18th century French, snuff box – £4200 at Tennants.

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Best of the antique collectables was a gold-mounted and enamel 2½in (6.5cm) wide snuffbox.

It bore a maker’s mark M, a charge mark imitating that of pre-revolutionary Paris tax officials Henry Clavel and Jean-François Kalendrin and an imitation date letter for Paris 1777. However, the catalogue made it clear that it was probably a 19th century German piece.

Nevertheless, enamelled all over with scenes of putti in landscapes and an altar, it was attractive in its own right. Against a £1200-1800 estimate, it was a London trade buy at £4200.


A c.1935 diamond ring – £12,000 at Tennants.

The London trade also took a pair of early 20th century Cartier rock crystal and sapphire cufflinks which more than tripled the top estimate at £4800 while, also redolent of its age, a 1935 architectural-style diamond ring featuring a raised solitaire brilliant cut stone in a baguette cut diamond frame doubled expectations at £12,000.

Watch with firepower


Rolex UK military limited edition Explorer II watch – £21,500 at Tennants.

Rolex was the major name among the watches at Tennants but an Explorer II Oyster Perpetual Date Chronometer had extra firepower.

It was No 18 of a limited edition commissioned in 2014 to commemorate the UK Apache operations which were offered to the 48 longest-serving members of the British Army Air Corps Force. With all the functions and guarantees of a Rolex Oyster, it also depicted an Apache and union flag on the screw back.

Estimated at £12,000-15,000, it sold to a private buyer at £21,500.