Hopes up that Norris plane flies

Clarks’ first sale of the summer months once again has some stunning jewellery entries from local sellers. Good jewellery is one of the best forms of investment & the Liskeard saleroom has once more received some remarkable entries from its loyal followers.

A beautiful Ceylon sapphire & diamond ring enters the fray of the saleroom. The sapphire weight is approx. 2.6ct & it is braced either side by white pear shaped diamonds of approx. 0.35ct each, asking £1300-1500. The three C’s are what determine diamond values – colour, clarity & carat. A three stone diamond ring with an F colour centre stone of 1.32ct braced by two pear shaped diamonds of around 0.7ct hopes for £3000-4000. Other fabulous entries include a white gold diamond ring of approx. 2.2ct diamond weight which is set with an old cut marquise centre stone with tapered baguette shoulders & hopes for £3000-4000. An 18ct gold ladies Cartier De Panthere watch with its suede box is in at £2500-3000, not much when set against its original retail value in excess of £15000! Gents watches are very well collected at the moment & few more so than Rolex. An Oyster Perpetual Datejust is a classic gents watch & £2000-2500 is asked for this stainless steel model. Fashions change all the time & showy, drop earrings are beginning to make a big comeback after being massively popular in their heyday of the 1920/30’s. An impressive pair of ruby & diamond earrings ask £900-1000 & look fine investment material.

There are a few silver entries too including several French silver collectables & a silver Dunhill table cigar cutter at £100-150. However an Elkington & Co. hallmarked Bisley silver shooting trophy, The Dragon Cup, is arguably the best piece & asks £900-1100.

Carpentry tools are another market on the up. Auctioneer Paul Clark says “Rather like vintage jewellery, we cannot get enough good steel planes!” An early 20thC. Norris A1 plane should exceed its guide price of £100-150 whilst a Stanley Bailey No.7 should be thereabouts at £50-60 whilst a Spiers of Ayr shoulder plane with rosewood infill is in at £30-50. Militaria also remains a strong area of interest with collectors & a Mk III 1933/34 Enfield bolt action rifle with magazine, mounted with earlier WW1 bayonet asks £300-350.

The furnishings in the General section of the sale is worth a look too! A Scottish chest of drawers needs a little work to some sun bleaching but are cheap at £180-200 whilst an antique fender seat from the same Scottish castle asks a mere £100-200. A modern but attractive red leather suite with antique styling asks £180-220 whilst a Shapland and Petter style arts & crafts oak display cabinet with coloured glass inserts isn’t expensive at £100-200. A nicely proportioned 19thC. good pine kitchen dresser would make a fabulous addition to any country home & is in at just £300-400 & a painted pine Victorian open dresser has chances at £100-150. A large metamorphic Chinese rosewood table with eight chairs & a central lazy Susan is certainly a little bit different at £300-500.