Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and tumultuous World events, it was testament to the experience and confidence that Batemans has built up within our Flagship JWSGC Specialist Sales that helped to realise another very strong series of results. There were SELL-OUT sections of Gold, Silver and Coins!
Our EXCEPTIONALLY LOW Seller's Premium of 10% (incl. VAT) and LOW Buyer's Premium of 20% (incl. VAT) is consistently attracting high quality consignments and keeping Bidders coming back to Batemans time and again.
In this sale 20 lots out of 318 failed to find buyers - 93.7% of all the lots sold!
Most unsold lots being single higher value rings. A slightly lower selling rate than we have enjoyed over the past several years, but still a remarkably impressive effort in the above 90% sold bracket. This overall result is perhaps reflected in the difficult economic climate, but also could simply be a quirk of the sale makeup, with more single rings on offer than usual.
There were still markedly strong results across the board showing that Batemans really is the ONLY auctioneers you should trust to sell your valued treasures!
Here's a selection of a few lots from each section to provide a snapshot of this class leading auction ...
Jewellery ... (click here for full section results)
Including the second part of a large private collection of over 100 Victorian and Edwardian gold brooches, which was dwarfed by a huge collection of modern Gems TV & TGGC rings, brooches, necklaces and earrings which, grouped and estimated sensibly, absolutely flew away with excellent results! Gold prices again were above almost all expectations, and overall the section was much larger than in several previous sales drawing more bidders and increased competition in many areas.
Watches ... (click here for full section results)
A relatively restrained section this time, although still with 31 out of 32 lots selling - 97%! It was the pocket watches that stole the show, securing the top price for the section - a rare occurrence these days when pitched against the incredible strength of most gentleman's wristwatches!
A George IV 18ct gold verge fusee pocket watch, open faced, key wind, foliate and engine turned decoration to case, the gold dial with raised gold Roman numerals against a matte chapter ring, spiral machine turned centre, subsidiary seconds dial, a/f with bent seconds hand, yellow metal minute hand and steel hour hand, lever at seven o'clock, English lever case, full plate verge fusee movement with visible jewel, engraved 'Patent', with full dust cover, case maker WR, Chester 1804, bow marked '18', case 51mm, 72mm to top of bow, 131.0g, not in working condition.
SOLD FOR £1,560 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £800-£1,200
A Longines VHP Perpetual Calendar gentleman's stainless steel wristwatch, on stainless steel bracelet strap with deployment clasp, case 41mm, 151.3g, with boxes and papers.
SOLD FOR £480 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £300-£400
Silver ... (click here for full section results)
Another SELL-OUT section that included many truly interesting items - a 17th century slip top spoon with a wonderful provenance, a Georgian tea caddy, a map of Great Britain made out of solid silver, an Edwardian Quoits trophy, and a fifty year old commemorative ewer! All were snapped up by eager bidders, who all had to fight to beat off the competition!
Gold ... (click here for full section results)
A Victorian 18ct yellow gold Albert fob chain, formed of a double bar link, with attached T-bar and pendant Victorian 1887 double sovereign with soldered fittings, the chain 6.5mm wide, 47cm long, 73.9g total.
SOLD FOR £3,120 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £1,500-£1,800
A 9ct gold heavy flat curb link bracelet, with unengraved name panel, 1.1cm wide by 21.3cm long including clasp, 75.1g.
SOLD FOR £1,680 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £800-£1,200
Coins ... (click here for full section results)
A Queen Elizabeth II Royal Mint gold proof three coin set, 'The 1987 United Kingdom Gold Proof Collection', no 01263, comprising two pounds, sovereign, and half-sovereign, limited edition, with certificate No 09615, in red leather gold embossed presentation box.
SOLD FOR £1,380 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £1,000-£1,500
An Edward III gold quarter-noble coin, trans treaty period 1361-1369, cross mint mark, 2.0g, 0.6mm by 20.5mm.
SOLD FOR £960 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £300-£500
A George III gold half-guinea, 1804, obverse with seventh laureate head right, inscribed GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA, reverse with quartered shield of arms within crowned garter, French legend on garter HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE, date below, inscribed BRITANNIARUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR, oblique milled edge, 4.2g, 0.8mm by 21.0mm.
Notes: in very good condition with slightly toned edges.
SOLD FOR £720 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £400-£600