Jewellery set to sparkle

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MORE than 100 lots of jewellery, watches and coins will go under the hammer at Dee Atkinson and Harrison’s autumn Fine Art and Antiques auction on Friday September 14.

The sale contains just under 600 lots and starts with a smaller than usual silver section of 31 lots.

A 1938 three piece tea set carries the highest estimate at £500 to £700, with a 30ozs salver at £350 to £450 and two royalty commemorative plates for the 1977 Jubilee and Charles and Diana’s wedding expected to realise £300 to £400. A World War II Home Guard presentation trophy for rifle shooting is estimated at £80 to £120 and a rare York hallmarked 1825 cream jug £150 to £200.

The objets d’art section provides two of the real highlights of the auction – an early 20th Century Inuit walrus tusk, 24” long and intricately carved with Eskimo hunters, polar bears, walruses, and a sledge, which is expected to realise £1200 to £1800, and a Chinese carved elephant ivory figure of the goddess Guan Yin, possibly late 17th Century, at £1500 to £2000.

A cosmopolitan metalware section contains both continental and eastern examples including a French bronze desk lamp and pair of spelter figures, an Austrian cold painted pheasant table lighter, and an Islamic ewer and dish.

Two of the more unusual items are a wall mounting copper water cistern reputedly removed from the British Ambassadors residence in the Bahamas and a pair of Art Deco style brass wall lights, which probably helped to light a public building in the 1930s.

The miscellaneous section always provides a variety of lots, from an 18ct gold fountain pen by the Lincoln Pen Company at £1500 to £2000 estimate to a Robert Mouseman Thompson oak tray and breadboard. Traditional ceramics includes two lots of first period Belleek – a “Grass” tea kettle and lighthouse shaped vase – a 19th Century Swansea plate, a Minton majolica jardinière and a pair of Burmantofts Faience vases, all with estimates of £200 to £300. There are almost 40 lots in the glass section from the 18th to the 20th Centuries including early coloured wine glasses and other table glassware.

There is a good selection of mantel and wall clock including a Black Forest novelty mantel clock as a carved wooden monkey.

There are more than 60 lots of furniture and a small section of prints is followed by watercolours and oils, including Albert Goodwin, Walter Goodin and Jack Rigg.