Good Watches Set the Pace...

Lawrences’ recent Jewellery auction in Crewkerne yielded some very strong prices, especially for some fine quality lots from a private collection in the West Country.

An 18ct gold keyless minute repeating pocket watch by Patek Philippe had links in its provenance to Sir Henry Bernhard Samuelson, a Liberal politician from the Victorian era. This watch made £18,300. A more modern timepiece was a Gentleman’s stainless steel pre-moon Speedmaster chronograph wristwatch by Omega that tripled expectations to take £9,150.


Four outstanding lots from the end of the sale provided a suitable series of highlights: a black opal and diamond brooch made £9,500 and a sapphire and diamond three stone ring made £14,640. The lots from a private collection had belonged to the vendor’s mother and grandmother and had been kept in a safe deposit box in the bank for about the last 30 years: a diamond three stone ring doubled its estimate at £18,300 and a Victorian diamond riviere necklace, set with 61 old brilliant-cut stones, also comfortably exceeded its top estimate to take £25,600. The collection of nine lots totalled just under £77,000 with every lot sold.

Woo Gilchrist