Sale preview - Nicks top lots - Worth their weight in gold!

As we move towards this weeks sale we wanted to ask Director and silver & jewellery specialist Nick Davies for just a few of his favourite lots which will go under the gavel this week on Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st of May! 

The silver section of the sale consists of some 68 lots ranging in price from just £30 right through to pieces at £1000. Meanwhile the jewellery section has even more on offer with 170 different lots including large mixed group lots of costume through to some beautiful fine gem set pieces. Estimates ranging from as little as £30 and going up to £2000!

There is something for everyone here with pieces for the collector, those looking for something special for home or even that perfect little gift to say thank you! Here are just six lots which have caught Nicks eye over recent weeks.


UNDER £100

Lot 343 -Two hallmarked silver easel photograph frames of plain form, heights 22cm and 15cm, both Birmingham 1918. (2). Est - £60 to £80

Nick says - These are just timeless and so practical. Over recent months we've all found time to reconnect with family and friends near and far and what better way to have a constant reminder than with a simple silver frame like this. They never go out of date and just the best way to frame that perfect picture!

UNDER £150

Lot 372 - A pair of hallmarked silver candlesticks, stepped canted square bases below knop columns and circular sconces, presentation engraving to one base, heights 18cm Sheffield 1968, James Dixon & Sons - Est - £100 to £150

Nick says - These are just a beautiful pair of candlesticks, the design is taken from a Georgian pattern but later 20th Century examples. James Dixon & Sons are very well known in the silver trade and made pieces of great quality. Add to that these are just perfect to enjoy and use and being hallmarked for 1968 give you the look at a fraction of the cost!

UNDER £200

Lot 337 - Three hallmarked silver gilt studies of Spiral-horned Antelope heads, possibly knife rests, each 7cm high, London 1985 Asprey & Co Ltd. (3) - Est £150 to £180

Nick says - These are just great fun! Over the years I've handled so many weird and wonderful objects made from silver but I've never seen these before. Made by Asprey & Co they have a fantastic pedigree which can be seen in the quality of thier manufacture, the detail is just amazing. I believe them to be knife rests and what a great addition they'd make to any table, or failing that just as decorative items!


UNDER £100

Lot 543 - An early 20th Century spelter pocket watch holder modelled as a seated baby chimpanzee , height 16cm. Est - £40 to £60

Nick says - This little chap is just great fun! He came up at one of our valuation days a few months ago and just makes me smile. He's a pocket watch stand that would have sat on a desk holding your watch while you work! I love the decoration and he's in great condition considering his age, a proper cheeky monkey who's keeping an eye on the clock for you!

UNDER £500

Lot 561 - An Art Deco 15ct diamond and red spinel ring, the rectangular head with channel set baguette cut spinels with old cut diamond border and spinel set shoulders, weight 9, rings size P. Est £400 to £500

Nick says - This is just pure class and style! The wonderful design with that contrast of red spinels and diamonds in that bold Art Deco design just evokes memories of the 1930s, the bold designs and the parties! Its a super stylish statement ring which deserves to be worn to a party once more, when we can that is!

UNDER £2000

Lot 509 - A set of five early 20th Century platinum oval diamond and enamel set choker panels, central millgrain set diamond approximately 0.15ct within a green enamelled border in turn within a diamond set border, length of each panel 1cm all to a blue silk ribbon. (5) Est - £1200 to £1500

Nick says - The quality of the panels in this necklace is so clear to see, the stones are fantastic with wonderful colour beautifully set off by the green enamel ground. Each panel has then been mounted to a silk choker which makes it a dramatic statement when worn. A gorgeous piece of jewellery which would make a fantastic gift for someone special!

To see the whole selection of lots on offer head over to our website where all the lots are shown with full descriptions and illustrations. If there's anything that catches your eye you can contact us via for more information.

The sale will be live on Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st of May and you can bid live via or

If you need any advice regards online bidding or the sale in general please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Posted on 18 May 2020 in: Auction life

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