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A George III gold cased hair locket enamel seed pearls hair circa 1795

A George III gold-cased hair locket with a blue enamel back and hair and seed pearl decoration incorporating the initials {MAE}, in the original red morocco leather case, circa 1795 .
Price: £1,950.00

The locket is also accompanied by a note stating that it was given to Robert and his relationship to Maryann Ellis whose hair is on the reverse. Mary Ann Ellis was born in 1775, the only child of Thomas Ellis of Rolleston (Devon) and Margaret. She married John Houlton at St. Paul's Church, Exeter on 2nd January 1799. Houlton was the heir of Joseph Houlton of Farley Castle in Somerset (now renamed Farleigh Hungerford and in the care of Heritage England) and was descended from a family of Trowbridge ironmongers who had bought the estate in 1702. Mary Ann was the mother of 14 children, of whom 12 survived into adulthood. She was widowed in 1839 and died in 1855.

pair of George III miniatures circa 1780 of J . F. Warren A pair of George III portrait miniatures of J. H. Warren, the larger in a metal frame and the smaller (with possible vestigial signature) in a gold mount (the reverse engraved with the sitter's name) circa 1780 .
Price: £825.00
William IV silver nutcrackers London 1836 Mary Chawner A William IV pair of solid silver of nutcrackers of unknown pattern, by Mary Chawner London 1836 (also marked on the other arm and the central joint), crested with a demi bear and an eagle .
Price: £875.00
George III Hair ornament acorns silver gilt London 1807 Perchard Brooks A George III silver-gilt hair ornament with the design incorporating acorns, by James Perchard and William Brooks II London 1807 .
Price: £795.00
Aide-memoire An 'aide-memoire' engraved with Crystal Palace on the front and curlicues to the rear, Birmingham circa 1851, by Wheeler and Cronin.
Price: £595.00
Victorian bosun's call Edinburgh 1864 A Victorian Bosun's call decorated with fouled anchors, made in Birmingham in 1864 possibly by Hilliard and Thomasson .
Price: £550.00
Edward VII 9 carat gold cased pocket watch swiss movement case London 1909 Dimier Brothers

An Edward VII Swiss made 9 carat gold pocket watch in engraved case imported into London in 1909 by Dimier Brothers, the dial carries the retailers stamp of A. Saunders of 809-817 George Street, Sydney and records that the movement is Swiss made.
Price: £450.00

A.Saunders was an up market fine clock and jeweller with a premise in 815-817 George Street in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The following is an excerpt from an article in The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, 18 December 1897:

“Everyone knows Mr A Saunders, or if not Mr Saunders personally, they know his splendid premises, near the railway terminus. And there can be few citizens of Sydney, and probably not a single visitor from the country, who have not lingered before its spacious windows and enjoyed the sight of the untold wealth and beauty within. The windows are elaborately fitted up, but one hardly notices that fact so varied and numerous are the watches, clocks, and articles of jewellery that claim attention.

Resting on seas of glass they make a display second to none in the city and yet this display at Christmas time is hardly more noticeable than that made every day of the year. Mr Saunders is noted for his watch trade, and many thousands of the numerous leading makes he stocks are spread broadcast over Australasia and India. Reliable is a properly applied word to any watch sent out, for Mr Saunders prides himself that with his timekeepers of even the most modest cost (and they range from a few shillings to 100 guineas) there shall be no complaint. Gentlemen's levers of English, Waltham, and other makes are heavily stocked, and the same with the ladies' and those suitable for young folks, many of them being absolute works of art, and others looking as if fitted to stand the wear and tear of time for many generations.

Naturally watch chains and guards in great profusion are on show, and most inviting forms of Christmas presents they look. But just now attention is naturally directed to rings, brooches, bangles, bracelets, tiaras, charms, ornaments for the hair, pins, necklets, chatelaines, links, medals in gold and silver. There are cases upon cases of diamond goods, rings of solid gold with pure white double-cut diamonds, with sapphires and diamonds, diamonds and pearls, diamonds with rubies or opals, amethysts, etc. Bracelets of the latest styles, with pearl clusters with diamonds and rubies, sapphires, or in plain gold in beautiful designs Gentlemen's gold pins, with gems in such shapes as horseshoes star, crescent, shield, heart, etc.

Links of every sort- most beautiful charms and lockets, and a great feature of Mr Saunders's trade, of which samples are shown, are the gold medals, any design or pattern possibly required being made to order. Many large show cases are filled with sterling silver and electroplated goods.

Tea and coffee sets, tea kettles and urns, jam spoons, butter knives, fruit knives, and fish slices, and handsome presents can be made of cruets, flower stands, cake and fruit baskets, jam and butter dishes, carvers, racks, birthday cups, serviette rings, and scores of other beautiful articles - all tasteful and good. Mr Saunders issues a very complete catalogue of his various stock especially for those who cannot enjoy a sight of his place, but, good as it is, it can give but a faint idea of the really magnificent display made - a display that needs to be seen and cannot be satisfactorily described.”


Brass telescope A collapsible leather-encased brass telescope for rifle-mounting by Steward, 406 Strand, London No 270, with presentation plaque to Q.W.R.V, No 8. (Broadwood) Company, 1st Ladies Prize. Sergeant A. Anderson, 13th Augt 1862
Price: £375.00
Magnifier A mother-of-pearl cased magnifying glass with silver mounts, circa 1760.
Price: £375.00
Four mysterious items Sheffield 1814 Joseph Law Four George III silver 'blades' all with different shaped notches at the end, by Joseph Law Sheffield 1814 .
Price: £350.00
victorian leather saddle accoutrements crest Earl Rosebery

A Victorian/Edward VII pair of leather horse accoutrements, both with applied silver badges for Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929), circa 1900.

Price: £325.00

Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929) is reputed to have said that he had three aims in life: to win the Derby , to marry an heiress, and to become Prime Minister-  he went on to achieve all three. He acceded to the Earldom in 1868 having matriculated at, but not graduated from, Christ Church Oxford. He held many official posts in Scotland from the time he entered the House of Lords including being: a commissioner to inquire into Scottish endowments in 1872 and Lord Lieutenant of Linlithgowshire in 1873 (until his death). These Scottish offices continued throughout Rosebery's life as he was also Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian from 1884 (again until his death). In addition to all of these Rosebery held the Lord Rectorships of the Universities of Aberdeen (1878-1881), Edinburgh (1880-1883), Glasgow (1899-1902) and St. Andrews (1911) as well as serving as a member of the Council on Scottish Education from 1881 until his death. In 1915 he added Captain General of the Royal Company of Archers to his many titles.

In 1878 Rosebery married Hannah de Rothschild, only daughter and heiress of Amschel Meyer de Rothschild owner of Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire, and from about the time of this marriage Rosebery began his British political career in earnest. From 1881 to 1883 he was Under Secretary for the Home Department, in 1885 he was Lord Privy Seal and First Comissioner of Works, in 1886 and from 1892 to 1894 he was Foreign Secretary. Rosebery reached his political pinnacle from March 1894 to June 1895 when he served as Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council (he remained leader of the Liberal party until 1898). Rosebery is the only British Prime Minister to have had horses win the Derby during his premiership.

These pieces date from between 1892, when Rosebery was created a Knight of the Garter and his death in 1929. Rosebery was unique among the Knights of the Garter, the most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, as he was privately created a Knight of the Thistle by Queen Victoria in 1895. Others had been members of the Order of the Thistle but had to surrender it when they received the Garter.


George III 22 carat gold ring child's c.1790 John Hookham Hedges

A George III child's 22 carat gold ring (size E), made in London between 1786 and 1797 by John Hookham (registered 1792) or John Hedges (registered 1785) in associated leather case.

Until 1798 the only standard of gold to be hallmarked in Britain was 22 carat and the marks applied were the same as those for Sterling silver (showing that the piece was of the correct standard). In 1798 this system was reformed with separate marks for silver, 18 carat and 22 carat gold. Although gold rings were subject to a duty of 8s per ounce after 1784 it is rare to find surviving hallmarked rings (other than mourning rings) from the late 18th century- this is due in part to the practical difficulties of hallmarking.

George III filigree silver bougie box circa 1790 A George III silver filigree bougie box, circa 1790 .
Price: £295.00
 Handbag with silver frame A silver handbag frame chased with patterns and florets by SM (device below), Amsterdam 1840.
Price: £295.00
 Miniature clothes brush

A miniature clothes brush with silver top, by Thomas and James Phipps London 1820.
Price: £290.00

 Cigarette case

A cigarette case with applied gold crest, by E. H. Stockwell London 1887, crested for BARING.
Price: £275.00

 Toothbrush cover An engine-turned toothbrush cover with hinged lid, by Thomas Johnson London 1880, also initialled {DTB}.
Price: £250.00
 Bookmark A bookmark in the form of the Prince of Wales feathers, London 1886.
Price: £250.00
Tortoise shell cased magnifying glass circa 1760 A George II magnifying glass with tortoise-shell case and silver mounts, circa 1760 .
Price: £225.00
 silver combination lock A 19th century silver combination cylinder-lock probably Middle Eastern, unmarked circa 1880.
Price: £225.00
Pipe tamper
A pipe-tamper with ring handle and seal-end inscribed 'B. Morin' by William Key, London circa 1800.
Price: £175.00
 chain purse A chain purse with engraved silver clasp, by Matthew Linwood Birmingham 1814.
Price: £135.00
Victorian steel rasp original leather case circa 1840

A Victorian steel rasp (probably for snuff or nutmeg) in its original leather case, circa 1840.




Magnifier A magnifying glass, circa 1800.
Price: £95.00
George III Mother of pearl gaming counter circa 1790 Chinese An Emperor Qianlong Mother of Pearl gaming counter engraved with the crest of a stag above the initials RRWR, Chinese circa 1790
Price: £95.00
George III Old Sheffield Plate Shaving brush circa 1800 A George III Old Sheffield Plate shaving brush, circa 1800 .
Price: £90.00
George III gaming counter mother of pearl Chinese circa 1790 An Emperor Qianlong Mother of Pearl gaming counter engraved with the crest of a dog, Chinese circa 1790
Price: £70.00
George II steel tweezers circa 1760

A George III pair of steel tweezers/ear scoop, circa 1770.
Price: £65.00