Strong Bidding Brings Sparkling Results in Christmas Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale

Strong Bidding Brings Sparkling Results in Christmas Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale


Mallams’ November Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sale, hosted by the Oxford saleroom, saw some really robust bidding, especially for jewellery, and achieved sales of over £406,000, almost 22% above top estimate, with a selling rate of 93%.

A conservatively estimated lapis lazuli-set bracelet (lot 200) proved highly popular, with a bidding battle taking the hammer to £13,000, the winning bid coming from a UK buyer. Of gaspipe-link design and with a fringe of yellow precious metal beads with conical lapis lazuli terminals, it was estimated at £500-£700.

Lot 37, an antique gold seal ring with dog’s head crest, was also much admired, soaring way above its £500-£700 estimate to sell for £11,000. Louise Dennis, Mallams’ jewellery specialist, says “It is likely that this seal ring was of considerable age, possibly 17th or 18th century in date, and therefore quite a rare piece, which resulted in competitive bidding on sale day”.

A late Victorian diamond heart pendant (lot 265), achieved a hammer price of £4,400, more than double top estimate, and a late 19th century amethyst demi-parure (lot 272), comprising a rivière necklace, a pair of bracelets and a cross brooch/pendant, also sparked interest, selling for £5000 against an estimate of £2000-£3000.

Causing quite a stir amongst bidders, a pair of cultured pearl cufflinks (lot 282), reputedly once owned by James Bond creator Ian Fleming and featuring a seemingly unsolved secret code to the reverse, achieved close to four times top estimate with a hammer price of £4400.

Also featured on day one of the sale was a duo of jewel-encrusted Art Deco evening bags (lot 224), one by Cartier and the other possibly by the same maker. These had a solid estimate of £3500-£4500 but outperformed expectations, with the hammer eventually falling at £9000.

Day two of the sale focused on silver and objets de vertu and the highest price was achieved by a set of twelve George IV silver plates by Philip Rundell, London 1821 (lot 751) which sold for just under top estimate at £7600. However, one of the top performing lots was an early Victorian silver vinaigrette (lot 530), engraved to the top with a view of Cheltenham College. Estimated at just £150-£200, it was highly contested, with a final bid of £2400 securing the lot.

Lot 773, a late 17th century German silver gilt cup and cover, standing an impressive 50cm high, and with a Nuremberg town mark and maker's mark ‘HB’, achieved a hammer price of £6600 against an estimate of £3000-£5000 and a George III silver tea caddy with urn finial (lot 762), sold for almost double top estimate at £2,200.

Mallams is now accepting entries for its next Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale on 23 March 2022. If you have any items of interest, please call 01865 241358 or email Mallams' jewellery and watches specialist, Louise Dennis at or Alicia Rogers, silver specialist at

All prices are subject to a 30% buyers' premium (VAT inclusive). 

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