Jewellery sparkles in Shropshire sale

Emerald & diamond ringA collection of jewellery from a south Shropshire vendor provided some dazzling results for Whitchurch based auctioneers Trevanion & Dean at their recent April auction. Topping the jewellery results from the day was an emerald and diamond ring which sold to a Cheshire vendor for £3,800, and the remaining collection made in excess of £10,000.

‘The jewellery was fresh to the market and had many of its original receipts where the vendor’s mother had purchased the pieces. “It is rare these days to find pieces that have not been offered on the market,” explained auctioneer Christina Trevanion. “We had buyers registered to purchase these lots from all over the world, it was wonderfully exciting.”

Red tortoiseshell tea caddy Following the jewellery section was a sought-after collection of early coins which were entered from a vendor in the Bridgnorth area. The collection made in excess of £4,000 much to the delight of the vendor who had stored it in a drawer for the last ten years. Another vendor celebrated having the top selling lot of the day when their George III tortoiseshell tea caddy finally sold for £4,400.

“We had an inkling that it was going to sell well by the amount of pre-sale interest we’d had,” said Auctioneer Aaron Dean. “You have to put the piece, in the context of its time of manufacture. When this caddy was made, tea was one of the most highly-prized, expensive luxuries and, as a fashionable lady, you would have had an equally exquisite container to hold it, which very importantly had to be lockable!” The rare tea caddy was in excellent condition and sought-after by both private collectors and trade buyers alike.

An Irish club type chairThe furniture section’s top selling lot was £1,600 for a Victorian oak wind-out dining table with heavily carved detail to the legs. “The table was exceptionally large and extended to over three and a half metres when wound out,” said Aaron. The next top selling lot was an Irish club type chair by Strahan & Co, Dublin, originally from the old Eaton Hall, seat of the Duke of Westminster. The chair’s provenance gained good pre-sale interest and it passed its £300-500 estimate to eventually sell for £1,300.

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