Sale Highlights - Jewellery & Watches, Silver & Gold, Coins & Banknotes- May 2022

Posted On: 25 May 2022 by Greg Bateman

Gold higher than ever, rare coins, and a huge jewellery section. It was another impressive sale with strong results throughout - read about how our May 2022 JWSGC sale is leading the way!


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.



A platinum and diamond solitaire ring, the princess cut stone approximately 6.1 by 6.0mm, 1.33ct, size K/L, 5.2g, with certificate stating clarity SI, and colour G.

SOLD FOR £2,160 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £1,000-£1,500 


A pair of Tiffany & Co Soleste platinum and diamond stud earrings, of flowerhead form, each with central brilliant cut stone, 3mm, 0.1ct, surrounded by twelve smaller brilliant cut stones, each 1mm, 0.005ct, 5mm diameter, 14mm long overall, with sprung butterflies, 8mm, in black suede presentation box, and outer branded cardboard box.

SOLD FOR £984 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £500-£800


An 18K white gold and diamond bracelet, in Art Deco style, with seven diamond set openwork panels, each centred by an oval cut stone, 4.0 by 3.0 by 2.0mm, 0.2ct, the whole pave set with approximately three hundred brilliant cut stones, each 1.0mm, 0.005ct, approximate total diamond weight 2.5ct, 10.0g, 0.6 by 17.5cm long.

SOLD FOR £1,800 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £1,500-£2,000


A platinum, diamond and emerald crescent brooch, formed of seven graduated emeralds, largest 3mm diameter, and eight graduated diamonds, largest 2.5mm diameter, 2.4 by 2.4cm overall, on 9ct gold backing, 5.0g.

SOLD FOR £504 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £300-£500 


A sapphire and diamond dress ring, the oval geometric cut royal blue sapphire of approximately 12 by 10mm and surrounded by eight brilliant cut diamonds of graduated size, largest approximately 4.5mm diameter, on a raised platinum setting with openwork band, size M/N, 8.4g.

SOLD FOR £3,000 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £3,000-£5,000 


A gold, diamond, pearl and green stone bar brooch, 3.8cm, 3.3g, unmarked but tests as approximately 18ct, together with a rose gold brooch set with amethysts and pearls, 3.4g, also unmarked but tests as approximately 18ct.

SOLD FOR £288 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £100-£150 


A group of four 9ct gold rings, comprising an amethyst and diamond ring, size O, two green stone and diamond rings, both size M, and a blue topaz and white stone ring, size L, 8.6g combined. (4)

SOLD FOR £384 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £100-£150 


An 18ct white gold, emerald and diamond ring, the central square cut emerald of approximately 4 by 4mm and flanked by two princess cut diamonds, both 3 by 3mm, size O/P, 3.4g.

SOLD FOR £660 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £300-£500 


A group of 9ct gold rings by The Genuine Gemstone Company, including two dress rings, all size N/O, 11.5g combined. (5)

SOLD FOR £360 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £100-£150



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!


A George III silver tea caddy, of decagonal section, with caddy top and small urn finial, decorated with bright cut engraving, and monogram 'GSS' to front panel, James Young London 1791, 10.7toz, 13 by 8.5 by 15.5cm high.

SOLD FOR £900 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £200-£300

An early to mid 17th century silver slip top spoon, with pear shaped bowl, single partial hallmark still visible, finial engraved 'T.W', 0.57toz, bowl 3.9 by 5.1cm, 12.4cm long.

Provenance: this spoon was given to the Vendor's father circa 1948-50, when he was a young man, soon after WWII where he flew as a Lancaster bomber pilot, including a mission to bomb Hitler's 'Eagles Nest' near Berchtesgaden, by an almost anonymous local elderly lady as her way of thanking a 'local lad' for his bravery in the recent World War.

SOLD FOR £528 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £300-£500

An ERII Silver Wedding jug, with engraved decoration, limited edition 155/250, Garrard & Co, London 1973, 896.4g / 28.81toz, 29cm high, in original fitted presentation case, and with original receipt.

SOLD FOR £840 (incl. 20% B.P.) against estimates of £400-£600


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


Batemans next Specialist JWSGC Sale will be held on 19th August.

Want to consign Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Gold, Coins, or any higher value items ... Then get in touch!

Please contact us on 01780 766466 or and have a look at our SELLING page.