Silver hits record high at Tennants auction house in North Yorkshire

The 173 lots sold for £188,570 (plus buyer’s commission), more than double the low estimate, with a very high sell-through rate of 93%.

Buyers were there, with lots from private collections being particularly well received.

From a private silver collection, a set of twelve George III silver soup plates from the Pelham service, made by Paul Storr in London in 1808. Sold for £12,500, the plates were once part of a service made for Charles Anderson Pelham (1748 -1823) of Brocklesby, Lincolnshire, later created the Earl of Yarborough, and his wife Sophie, and were engraved with their coat of arms.

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From the same collection came a George III and later dinner service and dessert service, mostly by Paul Storr after a design by Thomas Stothard, which sold for £9,000.

From the estate of Ian Stephenson of The Laithes, Penrith, was a set of four William Stroud George III silver entree dishes and lids, London, 1816 which sold for £6,000, and a Queen silver tankard Anne Provincial made in Newcastle, probably 1712 which sold for £1,050. Two interesting spoons from the contents of a private house, St Judes, Isle of Man, also sold well above estimate, along with a Queen Anne Scottish Silver chopping spoon made by James Tait of Edinburgh in 1706 sold for £4,500, and a George III Irish Provincial Silver Basting Spoon made by George Moore of Limerick circa 1770, sold for £1,800.

From a private seller was an impressive pair of George IV silver-mounted Antico Rosso marble wine coolers by Samuel Jackson, London, 1821 and 1822 which sold for £8,500.

The jewelry in the sale also saw exceptional prices, and the 94-lot section achieved a 93.5% sell-through rate. The singular magic of black opals was certainly reflected in the results of the sale, with high prices for an impressive early 20th century black opal and diamond necklace (sold for £19,000), a black opal pendant (sold for £3,800) and a Victorian necklace. opal and diamond pendant (sold for £2,800).

Period jewelery was also in high demand, with a Victorian diamond and enamel ring selling for £11,000, an Edwardian diamond necklace selling for £10,000 and an Edwardian diamond pendant selling for £11,000.

Modern jewelery from desirable manufacturers also sold well, as evidenced by a diamond flower brooch by Van Cleef and Arpels, which sold for £11,000.

Good Diamonds continued to sell strongly, with a diamond pendant with a fancy light yellow pear-shaped center diamond selling for £14,000, a diamond solitaire ring selling for £12,000 and a three-stone diamond ring selling for 8 £500, all well above estimate.

Of the watches in the sale, those from Rolex continued to command very high prices, especially those sold with their original warranties and papers. Examples included are a 1966 Rolex Explorer (ref: 1016) which sold for £13,000, and a 1994 Rolex GMT Master II (ref: 16710) with a ‘Coke’ bezel which sold for £9,000 .

Another rare Rolex, a 1967 Submariner (ref: 5513), which features the ‘meters first’ dial and the very first version with a matte finish dial, sold for £11,000.

The top lot in the section and sale, however, was a 1973 Cartier Tank Normale in 18k gold, which soared well above its £2,000-3,000 estimate to sell for £19,500.

Among pocket watches, notable highlights included a carousel pocket watch, which rarely appears at auction. The Full Hunter Karussel pocket watch in 18k gold was made by Alex Moncrieff of Edinburgh in 1899 and sold for £3,000.

The sale achieved a total hammer price of £633,690 with a sell-through rate of 88% for 333 lots. Full auction results are available at: www.tennants.co.uk

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