Interesting Snippets

An English Art Nouveau Dragon Fly brooch was appraised by one of our valuers. It is the best example we have ever seen with amethyst, diamonds and ‘plique a jour’ or ‘open to light’ enamel creating a beautiful illuminated effect.


A striking 18 carat gold cross was examined by our valuer at a Valuation Day and dates from around 1810. With engraved roses and forget-me-nots and a hair locket on the back, this interesting piece was valued for antique replacement value.


From Jersey, a pair of cufflinks were presented to the personal assistant to the Duke of Edinburgh on the world tour of 1956 – 1957. The tour started at the 1956 Olympic games in Australia and went on to New Zealand, Antartica, the Falkland Islands, Africa and the Mediterranean…


A beautiful piece was brought into a Valuation Day in Cambridgeshire. It featured a stunning black opal weighing approximately 5.5 carats in an early 20th Century gold and platinum setting surrounded by over a carat of fine diamonds.


Discovered during a recent Valuation Day in Milton Keynes, a fob appeared to be fairly straightforward. However, upon further examination a previously unseen compartment revealed a hidden message, much to the customer’s surprise and delight! Inside was a lock of hair…


Brought into a Valuation Day in Co Mayo, Ireland, a silver cigarette case was originally presented to a Metropolitan police officer on protection duty for a member of the Russian royal family. Made by a leading Russian jeweller, D Ivanoff of St Petersburg, it had a gold Romanov crest…


A stunning 19th century tortoiseshell singing bird box was recently brought into a Valuation Day in London and our valuer on the day was absolutely enthralled, as was everyone else! The hand painted top depicts a Swiss mountain scene, and on sliding the operating lever the full bodied bird pops through the grille and begins singing…


Our valuer saw a very rare reverse intaglio brooch for a customer at a Valuation Day in Berkshire.  The 18ct gold brooch is created from a piece of quartz crystal hand painted from the inside against a mother of pearl background…