Dublin 1817 silver tankard, £3800 at Lockdales.

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The 9¼in (23.5cm) high, 68oz (1.95kg) tankard was profusely embossed with two faces, flowers and rococo scrolls very much to Irish tastes when it was made by James Le Bas (or Bass) in Dublin in 1817.

Trained in London by his father, William, Bas moved to Dublin in c.1800 and died there in 1845. The tankard was marked ILB to the lid and base and was stamped to the base with the retailer’s mark West Dublin 1817.

Pitched at £1200-1800, it triggered wide Irish interest but it went to the London trade at £3800.

Jewellery and watches

Watches at the February 1-2 sale were led by modern pieces including a 1968 Rolex Pepsi GMT at £11,500 but also featured antique watches such as an 18ct gold half-hunter pocket watch signed to the white dial for the noted Jas McCabe, Royal Exchange, London 10534.

With a monogram and coat of arms to the back and marked for London 1874, it doubled expectations in selling at £2600.

The biggest contribution to the £349,000 hammer total at the 1058-lot sale was the opening jewellery section led by a natural Ceylon sapphire and diamond-set pendant which went comfortably above estimate to the London trade at £17,500.