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Votes For Women, jewellery with social history

Clarks’ have two sales next week. The first being a small General Household sale on Monday 20th at 1030am but the main event will be their sale of jewellery, watches, coins & art which takes place on the evening of Wednesday 22nd starting at 6pm. Auctioneer Paul Clark says “We hope to attract many buyers from all around – it’s a fabulous sale for all tastes. We are barely twenty minutes from the Tamar Bridge so hope to see some new faces”.

The sale has many fine pieces of jewellery including numerous antique & 19thC. pieces. A 15ct gold Edwardian ring bearing the suffragette colours is expected to surpass its £50-60 guide. Auctioneer Paul Clark says “Voting is an important part of our democracy, more so in these increasingly turbulent times – it seems crazy that women were not seen as equals, even back then & that they had to fight for what is such a basic right – in our country at least”.

Other jewellery of similar social history include a 9ct gold ring set with emerald & pink sapphire within a perimeter of diamonds and is asking £300-500 whilst a small but exquisite antique 18ct gold ring set with diamond & emerald for hope & purity is in at just £140-160.

A good quality traditional 18ct gold diamond & sapphire ring ought to attract some interest at £200-300 as should a 14ct gold diamond line bracelet with 4ct of stones at a mere £1000-1200.

Pocket watch interest has risen in recent years & a Georgian 18ct gold cased fusee timepiece by Summerhayes of Taunton asks £600-800. Auction Paul Clark adds “It’s a lovely quality, robust watch that tries to run so probably just needs a clean to get it started & we are very hopeful it will sell”. One for the ladies could be a 14ct gold full hunter with a carved case. Presenting in superb condition the watch should accommodate its £150-200 guide. If such a watch takes your fancy then a substantial 19thC. 9ct gold double Albert may appeal to the gentleman at £300-400 whilst ladies may see more appeal in an elegant Victorian fifty six inch long guard at £200-300. Digressing somewhat, another 19thC. piece that catches the eye is a mounted Ceylon sapphire. Originally it would have been the bottom tier of a glamorous Victorian necklace but can now be found mounted on a early 20thC. bar brooch. It would look fabulous set in a ring or similar & is a real gem at just £200-300.

The amber market took a massive hit recently when it’s big three players globally moved onto other things. Whilst those hefty prices may never return again, amber remains popular among the fashionable & trendy. A set of butterscotch amber beads weighing in at 58g ask £300-400 & substantial set of red amber beads hope for £300-500.

A fine Pomellato designer necklace with hand finished decor is available at a fraction of retail price & goes under the hammer with a guide of £4500-5000. Other designer jewellery also enters the fray with a pair of 18ct gold Tiffany & Co. earrings asking £300-400 & a heavy gauge Cartier Love ring with pink sapphire asks £1000-1200. A bespoke designer 18ct gold Cartier style Panthere necklace pendant with 2.8ct of diamonds is in at £1400-1600, considerably less than the original it was modelled on & a good quality 9ct gold bracelet asks £300-400. Diamonds remain a hit for buyers, especially the ladies. An 18ct gold diamond trilogy ring of approx. 2.05ct asks a mere £1000-2000 whilst a substantial 7.2ct diamond cluster ring is in at £4500-5000.

There are numerous coins on offer including full gold sovereigns from £180 & half sovereigns from £90. However a William IV silver crown could be the one for collectors & this fairly rare coin asks £100-150. An 1885 silver US Morgan dollar is in at £50-60 whilst a tray of silver proof crowns asks £100-150.

Among the paintings a set of three small watercolours of notable London landmarks catch the eye. The well detailed paintings are by Frederick E. J. Goff & should accommodate their £300-400 guide price. Two Fred Yates watercolours bearing his publishers stamp to the rear hope for £450-500 each whilst three large surrealist paintings by Hitchcock ask £600-800. There is a small collection of Timmy Mallet original oil paintings on offer & these start from just £500, a fraction of gallery prices.