Ewbank's also saw a record- breaking year for jewellery sales, finishing with the surprising contents found within a rather unpromising-looking metal box. The box revealed a collection of jewellery from the Georgian and Regency periods. It had not been opened since the late 60s, and the contents had not been worn by the vendor’s mother. However his grandmother and earlier ancestors had worn the beautiful pieces. The Head of Jewellery, Andrea Machen, who
is also a member of the Society of Jewellery Historians, said the most exciting part of opening the box was the number of charming and original items, most of which the vendor had considered to be costume jewellery and therefore of little value!
Among the many items in the collection, was the diminutive Georgian ring shown here. Set with garnets, it tripled its top estimate, selling for £1,143. One of the most surprising lots seen in 2017 was a large gem-set cross, in an Arts & Crafts style. It had a pre-sale guide price of £300 to £500, however, the hammer price was £8,128! It bore a central faceted amethyst of 20.1ct, plus faceted and cabochon sapphire, pink tourmaline, moonstone and pearl, set in unmarked white metal. A vintage diamond-set 18ct gold hummingbird brooch by Kutchinsky, London, estimated at £3,000 to £5,000, sold for £8,255.
Watches are perennially popular with buyers, however a rare Rolex caused a bidding frenzy in the saleroom. Estimated at £4,000 to £6,000 the rare Oyster GMT Master Automatic stainless steel watch, with faded red and blue insert, had a nal whopping price of £21,590!