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Gold and silver shine at summer sale

Three rectangular nine-carat gold cigarette cases with engine turned surfaces raised more than 4,000 at the Silverwood's summer sale. (s)
Three rectangular nine-carat gold cigarette cases with engine turned surfaces raised more than 4,000 at the Silverwood's summer sale. (s)
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The August Fine Art and Antiques auction at Silverwoods was particularly notable for the exceptional prices achieved for gold, silver and jewellery, with many of the most valuable items being knocked down to buyers bidding live on the internet.

Three rectangular nine-carat gold cigarette cases with engine turned surfaces all met or exceeded estimates, raising more than £4,000 for the local vendor.

Silver always performs well at Silverwoods and there were 12 quality lots in the sale, including an exceptional cased set of Mappin and Webb silver teaspoons and sugar nips with an embossed scroll and foliate design, as well as three silver tea services, a pair of sauce boats and three silver trays dating from the 1930s and 40s.

Altogether, the silver in the sale realised more than £3,300 in value.

Senior auctioneer Wilf Mould said: “With rising gold and silver prices worldwide, we are finding that even unfashionable items such as cigarette cases and tea sets are achieving extremely good results at the moment. Having these items live on the internet in our fine art sales undoubtedly boosts the prices we can achieve but, having said that, we are also seeing rising values for anything with precious metal content through our weekly sales.”

A strong jewellery, watch and pen section featured a Victorian Demi Parure, with seed pearls on mother of pearl in a flower and leaf pattern which sold in the room for £950 – almost four times its estimate – while a Waterman pen more than doubled its estimate, going to a phone bidder for £550.

The provenance of two signed ladies’ gold Omega watches including original fitted boxes and outer boxes, Preston’s guarantees and other papers, ensured that they made £950.

The large number of commission bids received for the sale and phone lines booked were also responsible for pushing up prices in the saleroom. Early in the sale, phone bidders won a Japanese Meiji bronze vase featuring swimming fish for £400 and an attractive Art Deco figural table lamp with a pair of dancers holding a glass globe in their outstretched arms for £1,100.

Items of military interest also performed well in the sale, the highlight proving to be a First World War Yorkshire Light Infantry group of three medals awarded to Private T. A. Heseltine of Colne, with accompanying letters, photo brooch and other items. It trebled its estimate and sold to an internet bidder for £1,700.

Internet bidders were also successful in the furniture section of the sale, snapping up a nest of three oak occasional tables by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson of Kilburn and a large Victorian mahogany partners desk for £750 apiece.

Entries are now invited for the next Antiques and Fine Art Auction at Silverwoods which will take place on Thursday, October 12th.

This will also include a specialist sale of coins and stamps.

Items can be appraised, valued and entered in advance of the sale by Silverwoods’ experienced team of experts either during the regular Monday intake (9am to 3pm), or by private appointment. Call 01200 423322 for details.

Viewing for the popular weekly antique and collectables sale at Silverwoods starts every Wednesday at 9am, with the sale taking place at noonm. Visit www.silverwoods.co.uk to find out more.