A report from our near sell-out Summer Jewellery & Watches, Silver & Gold auction

In what has already been a testing year with many more months ahead of worry and hardship, Batemans' flagship auction steamed ahead at full speed without a backward glance having found the recipe for success!

A stunning 93% sell rate proved that bidders were still clamouring to buy, helped by a historic gold price high, and that vendors had chosen the very best place to sell their valued items of jewellery, vintage watches, coins and tokens, objects of vertu, and a wide variety of gold and silver items! 

Batemans' extremely competitive Sellers Commission and their low Buyers Premium, coupled with excellent catalogue descriptions and high quality lot images, again proved that using a leading SOFAA registered Auctioneers will always be the best choice you can make to sell your treasures!


Highlights from the silver section which opened this afternoon sale included a George III silver teapot and matching milk jug, decorated with a charming shell finial to the teapot's lid and unusual shell feet, estimated at £200 - £300, selling for £552 (incl. 20% BP)

This George III silver stein with Rococo decoration, interestingly amended to a jug with a 20th century fitted spout, which had to be sent to the London Assay Office before it could be sold to be re-assayed and stamped with hallmarks, providing the vendor an insight into the whole system of silver hallmarking. It was estimated at £400 - £600, but sold very well for £744 (incl. 20% BP)


And an unusual suite of late 19th century Latvian 875 grade silver and Swedish steel cutlery, by Carl Theodor Beyermann, which was being sold by the granddaughter of the original owners who were born in Russia but fled to Latvia following the Russian Revolution! Selling within estimates the set made an impressive £552 (incl. 20% BP)


The Numismatics section comprised eighteen lots, seven of which were gold sovereigns - always highly desirable. Proving this point these all sold, on average for £390 (incl. 20% BP) with several making much more due to gold pendant mountings they were fitted into. 

We ALWAYS want to hear from anyone looking to sell collections of coins - Batemans regularly achieve fantastic results - get in touch by calling us on 01780 766466 or email at and have a look at our SELLING page.


The watches section was a very near sell out, with only one lot failing to sell on the day! Several interesting vintage wristwatches were sold including military and diver's examples, and several Russian watches! The best of the buch was a very stylish Arsa oversize chrome plated and stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, circa 1950 which sold for £360 (incl. 20% BP).

Two gold pocket watches however stole the show - the first (shown below left) was a late Victorian 18ct gold cased open faced pocket watch, it was estimated at £800 - £1,200, but sold well over estimates for £1,920 (incl. 20% BP). The second (shown below right) was a very fine watch indeed; dating to circa 1900 it was Swiss and made by 'Le Phare', specifically being an 18ct gold cased quarter repeating chronograph full hunter pocket watch, whose complicated quarter repeating movement alone is 'note' worthy! - it chimes a delicate tinkling of the quarter-hour, and also on demand by depressing the button at 2 o'clock (hence the 'repeating' function). It it was estimated at £1,500 - £1,800, but went on to sell spectacularly for £2,880 (incl. 20% BP) - the star lot of the day!


The latter part of the auction comprises the ever varied jewellery section, with almost something for everyone. At the most affordable end there were collections of costume jewellery, shown here was one group lot that sold for £54 (incl. 20% BP).

To a stunning surprise lot - this beautiful 18ct gold, jade, and diamond dress ring, which was extremely cautiously estimated at £60 - £80 and which sold after heated bidding for a fabulous £696 (incl. 20% BP)!

All the way up to the final lot of the day; a beautiful Art Deco style ring, made in 18ct white gold and pave set with approximately 2.5ct of diamonds, it was certainly something to show off! It sold to an extremely happy bidder, who had waited all through the sale to secure it, for a dazzling £2,400 (incl. 20% BP)!

Batemans holds quarterly Fine Jewellery, Watches, Silver and Gold Auctions every three months. We are especially looking to consign high quality diamond and coloured gemstone rings, any gold rings, necklaces, earrings and brooches, all collectable silver, gold and silver coins, any vintage and fashion watches, and all silver flatware, hollow ware, ornaments, vases, tea services, trays, and novelty silver items.

To consign items please contact us on 01780 766466 or and have a look at our SELLING page.