<![CDATA[Thomas Watson Latest News]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:19:28 GMT Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:19:28 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[Specialist Valuation Days]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postspecialist-valuation-days https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postspecialist-valuation-days Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT We hold specialist valuation days every Friday between 10am-4pm for stamps, postcards, medals, ephemera, etc.

Bring along your items for a free pre sale appraisal from our expert.

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<![CDATA[‘Kick to flick’ football figures score highly at auction]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postkick-to-flick-football-figures-score-highly-at-auction https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postkick-to-flick-football-figures-score-highly-at-auction Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT In a world of high-tech electronic gaming you might think that the old table-top football game of Subbuteo would have well and truly had its day but results at this week’s Antiques and Collectables Sale might make you think again. 

Two boxed sets of five Royal Doulton Subbuteo figures caused a bit of a bidding war when they sold for £240 and £200 respectively, way in excess of their guide prices of £100-£150. 

The game – where you flick 11 men at an over-sized ball on a rolled-out felt pitch – was first invented by Peter Adolph near Tunbridge Wells just after the Second World War. In the intervening decades it grew into a worldwide phenomenon, which would see several million annual sales at its peak. It spawned many international tournaments (there is still a World Cup and a governing body); it has been endorsed by many football personalities such as Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton; and it even entered popular culture, for instance when it had its own television series and was used to illustrate the cover of the Undertone’s hit single ‘My Perfect Cousin’. 

Computerised gaming may now have taken over the market but there are still plenty of fans out there who want to collect the little figures in their different team colours, not to mention a whole world of accessories from floodlights to grandstands that span over 60 years. And, in some cases, as our recent sale proves, they can make worthwhile investments. 

Incidentally, the same sale also saw model railway equipment, boxed model vehicles and a collection of Airfix military models all making good prices. But that’s a whole other ballgame!

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<![CDATA[Celebrate the new season with a dazzling piece of jewellery]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcelebrate-the-new-season-with-a-dazzling-piece-of-jewellery https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcelebrate-the-new-season-with-a-dazzling-piece-of-jewellery Sat, 29 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT Autumn is definitely on its way. The leaves are starting to fall and the trees are turning all sorts of beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red, creating a rich tapestry of colour across the countryside.  

This beautiful 18 carat gold, sapphire and diamond leaf brooch (pictured) perfectly reflects the new season and is offered in our Antiques and Collectables Sale on Tuesday 2 October with a price estimate of £1,400 - £1,800. There are several other pieces of fine jewellery in the sale, including lot 194, a sparkling diamond tennis bracelet valued between £3,000 - £4,000, and some very pretty 18 carat white gold diamond stud earrings are also presented as lot 197, carrying a £1,800 - £2,500 guide price. 

If rings are your thing, then we have some lovely examples to choose from. Lot 186 is a stunning 18 carat yellow gold oval ruby and diamond cluster ring with a price estimate of £500 - £700; and there is a very classy platinum and diamond half eternity ring valued between £400 - £600.  

Antique and fine jewellery is certainly very popular at the moment and making good prices at our sales, so if you have any pieces that you may wish to sell then why not have it valued by our experts? This is a free service and there is no obligation attached but if you do choose to take an item forward to sale then we can help you achieve the best price at auction. Remember you can also stipulate a reserve price so there is no risk to you as a seller. For more details, please call 01325 462559 or email: enquiries@thomaswatson.com

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<![CDATA[Models romp home with high price tags]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postmodels-romp-home-with-high-price-tags https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postmodels-romp-home-with-high-price-tags Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT Hundreds of models and figurines from some of the world’s leading porcelain manufacturers achieved high prices at our Antiques and Collectables sale on Tuesday 18 September. 

Divided into almost fifty separate lots, the individual objects represented top household names such as Royal Dux, Beswick, Royal Worcester, Royal Doulton, Winstanley and Royal Crown Derby, with many selling way above their price estimates. 

The highest selling lot was a large pair of Royal Dux figurines (pictured), which went under the hammer for £340. Standing over half a metre high, the male and female figures were in pastoral dress with a goat and lamb surrounded by flowers. The Royal Dux factory, a porcelain brand from Bohemia founded in 1853, is famous for its figurines and genuine articles can be identified by the distinctive pink triangle – a raised piece of pink clay fused onto the white clay bodies during firing. 

Other show-stoppers were a set of Highland Cattle by Beswick, one of the most renowned English manufacturers, established in 1894 at Stoke-on-Trent. This particular lot comprised a bull, cow and three calves and sold comfortably above their estimate of £100-£200 for £220. Other animal and bird models by Beswick also achieved excellent results at the auction, including a mallard duck that doubled its price at £100.

Examples from the early 19th century pottery giant Royal Doulton also featured heavily at the sale, representing around a third of the lots. Nearly all exceeded or sold well within their price guides, including a figurine of a drummer boy taking off his boot that more than doubled its estimate with a final selling price of £85. 

These fantastic results are an indication of the buoyancy of this particular market and their appeal is very easy to see. They are relatively inexpensive to collect and, on the whole, their size means that they can be incorporated into most homes. There is also such a huge variety of styles that are represented by the designs and characteristics of the individual manufacturers that most tastes are catered for.

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<![CDATA[CARS FROM YESTERYEAR TAKE STAR BILLING AT SUMMER AUCTION]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcars-from-yesteryear-take-star-billing-at-summer-auction https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcars-from-yesteryear-take-star-billing-at-summer-auction Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT The 1929 Daimler 20/70 Type M Saloon has a pedigree associated with engineering excellence and was the Royal car to King George V in the year of its launch. With a price estimate of £15,000 to £20,000, this particular model would grace any small or large classic car collection and comes with a recent history file and photographs of its recent restoration. 

Also offered for sale is a 1950 Jowett Javelin, a car that caused a sensation in the motoring world when it was launched in 1947. The Javelin won various international rallies in its day and its fame has been consolidated over the years by several well-known media appearances, for instance as the heroine's car in the film Vera Drake and Father Clifford's inheritance in Ballykissangel. The Javelin presented in this month's sale is a saloon version and has been valued between £4,000 to £8000. It would certainly constitute a good, low cost entry to classic car ownership and would be a welcome addition to classic car events and rallies around the country.


The two cars come from the estate of the late Harry Clark, a classic car enthusiast from Barnard Castle in Co. Durham, and are complete with their original handbooks and current V5C registration forms.


For more information on the vehicles, please see the current online sale catalogue (viewed on this website), call us on 01325 462559 or email: enquiries@thomaswatson.com


The Sale starts at 10am and viewing takes place on Saturday 18 August 10am-1pm, Sunday 19 August 10am-1pm and Monday 20 August 9am-4pm

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<![CDATA[TV DATE SET FOR BARGAIN HUNT]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/posttv-date-set-for-bargain-hunt https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/posttv-date-set-for-bargain-hunt Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT  











We have just heard that the BBC1 television show, Bargain Hunt that was filmed at the saleroom earlier this year will be screened on Friday 10 August at 12.15

This popular staple of daytime television features two pairs of contestants who have an hour at an antiques shop or fair in which to acquire the best bargains possible with a budget of £300. They then have to sell the items at auction for a profit. 

After the contestants have completed their purchases and presented them to the antiques expert host presenter (in this case Charlie Ross), home viewers are shown a ‘what the auctioneer thinks’ segment, in which the auctioneer appraises the buys and gives the auction estimate. At the auction, as each item is sold, the host compares the auction sale price to the price originally paid by the team, with the difference being either subtracted from or added to the team's total. The team making the largest profit wins. 

We were delighted to have been chosen as the host auction house for the region and the busy day filming at our Antiques and Collectibles Sale on 17 April was attended by many of our regular clients. The show includes footage of the host presenter visiting nearby places of historical interest and talking about the items housed there, so we should also get to see plenty of shots of the region. 

We hope you can tune in to see how the teams fared but don’t forget you can always catch it on iPlayer for 30 days after its transmission date if you miss it or just want to watch it again! 

Footage for four programmes (featuring eight teams) was filmed on the day and we will keep you up-dated with any future transmission dates.

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<![CDATA[CELEBRITY ROAD TRIPPERS BATTLE IT OUT AT AUCTION]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcelebrity-road-trippers-battle-it-out-at-auction https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcelebrity-road-trippers-battle-it-out-at-auction Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Children’s TV presenters Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes finished their Celebrity Antiques Road Trip at our Antiques and Collectables Sale on 12 June when they competed to sell the items that they had collected during their three-day journey.

The pair, who began their showbiz career after appearing on Pop Idol in 2003, travelled from Bridlington to Darlington as part of the popular BBC2 show to see who could make the biggest profit by buying antiques en route and then selling them at auction.

They were accompanied by antiques experts Charles Hanson and Natasha Raskin Sharp and travelled as two competing teams in a vintage 1968 Jaguar MkII and a 1960 Morris Minor.

Starting with a budget of £400 each, the teams picked up a variety of items on their trip ranging from an unusual late Victorian silver-plated strawberry dish to two box sets of 1960’s Subbuteo Sunderland Football figures and a 1971-72 Subbuteo catalogue. They each had five lots to sell.

 “I chose my items using gut instinct and because I found them interesting,” said Mark Rhodes who was buddied up with Charles Hanson and attending his first ever auction. “The whole experience has been brilliant fun and I found the sale itself very exciting.”

“I loved it!” added Sam Nixon “Everyone has been really welcoming and there has been a great atmosphere today. We’re not actually sure who has won at this stage but we do know it’s going to be very, very close.”

All the money raised from the sale will be donated to the Children in Need charity and the final result will be declared when the show is aired at the end of the year.

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<![CDATA[Free Valuations Days this Summer]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postfree-valuations-days-this-summer https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postfree-valuations-days-this-summer Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT For a free auction appraisal, bring your items to one of our valuation events listed below. Appointments not necessary.

Stokesley Town Hall, TS9 5DG

Friday, 22 June, 10am-3pm

The Station, Richmond, DL10 4LD
Friday, 6 July, 10am-3pm 

The Gallery Saleroom, Darlington, DL3 7HJ
Tuesday, 17 July
Fine Art, Antiques & Collectables 9am-12 noon
Jewellery 1pm-4pm


If you require a home visit by a valuer please contact the saleroom on 01325 462559.or email enquiries@thomaswatson.com

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<![CDATA[FILMING DATE WITH CHILDREN’S TV STARS FOR CELEBRITY ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postfilming-date-with-childrens-tv-stars-for-celebrity-antiques-road-trip https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postfilming-date-with-childrens-tv-stars-for-celebrity-antiques-road-trip Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Popular children’s TV presenters Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes will be filming part of BBC2’s new series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip at our Antiques and Collectibles Sale on Tuesday 12 June, starting at 10am.

The duo who shot to fame after their appearance on Pop Idol in 2003 and have since hosted various programmes on the BBC - most notably TMi and Top of the Pops Reloaded - will be battling it out to see who can raise the most money for charity by buying and selling antiques.

The show, which is now entering its eighth series, sees two celebrities paired up with antiques experts who travel across the UK in classic vintage cars to see who can make the biggest profit by buying antiques on their journey and then selling them at auction. Whatever money is made at the end of the show is donated to the Children in Need charity.

Sam and Mark will be following a three-day route that takes them from Bridlington to Darlington via Driffield, Filey, Scarborough, York, Malton and Pickering. They will be travelling in a 1968 Jaguar MkII and a 1960 Morris Minor accompanied by antique experts and experienced road-trippers Charles Hanson and Natasha Raskin Sharp.

Starting with a budget of £400 each, the teams will visit antique shops in search of bargains that will then be sold at the end of the trip at our Antiques and Collectables Sale.

Members of the public interested in watching the filming are very welcome to attend the sale. Those at the auction will be able to find out how much the individual lots raise on the day. Everyone else will have to wait and see how the celebrity teams fared until the programme goes on air at the end of the year.

Thomas Watson’s auction house has already hosted a couple of the regular Antiques Road Trips, with filming taking place in March 2016 and August 2017.

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<![CDATA[PARROT PAIR PRODUCE SHOCK RESULT AT AUCTION]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postparrot-pair-produce-shock-result-at-auction https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postparrot-pair-produce-shock-result-at-auction Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT A pair of porcelain parrots flew way above their modest £100-£150 estimate when they sold for a staggering £16,000 at our recent Fine Art Sale. 

Interest in the lot escalated when it was thought that the birds may have originated from the famous 18th century Bow porcelain factory in Stratford-le-Bow, Essex – one of the pioneers of early soft-paste porcelain in Great Britain. The factory was at its most active between 1747 and 1764, before finally closing in 1776, and any existing examples of its work are now highly sought after. 

The birds themselves were made from English soft-paste porcelain and beautifully decorated with enamels and modeled with a fruit in one claw. Perched on a base covered with flowers and puce highlighted rococo scrolls and shells, the tallest figure was 17cm high. 

Without adequate proof, we were unable to attach any provenance to the birds but due to the global reach of the Internet our lots get scrutinized by a world-wide audience and, as is often the case at auctions, bidders draw their own conclusions. 

The Bow factory was particularly renowned for its high output of porcelain figures, some of considerable originality – for example those representing statesmen, generals and actors, as well as bird and animal models, all produced in the old Rococo style. 

The parrots were among several lots that achieved headline prices at the Fine Art Sale. A 19th century Japanese wood netsuke of two rabbits in a boat sold for £4,000, smashing its guide price of £300-£500; and a Queen Anne Britannia standard silver tankard, made by Timothy Ley of London in 1710 was knocked down for £4,200, exceeding its £2,000-£3,000 estimate. 

Fine jewellery also performed very well with a diamond brooch in a geometric stylized mount selling for £7,000 – comfortably within its guide price range of £6,000-£8,000 – and a diamond ring sold for £10,000, meeting its estimate of £10,000-£15,000.

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<![CDATA[Lady Chatterley takes centre stage at summer sale]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postlady-chatterley-takes-centre-stage-at-summer-sale https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postlady-chatterley-takes-centre-stage-at-summer-sale Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT A signed first edition of one of the most controversial books of the 20th century is to go under the hammer at our Fine Art Sale on Tuesday 15 May

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by the English novelist DH Lawrence was first printed privately as a limited edition in Florence in 1928 but it was not until 1960 that it was published in its entirety in Britain. Even then it was the subject of a watershed obscenity trial against the publisher Penguin Books and many were shocked by its explicit descriptions of sex and its use of then-unprintable words. Penguin won the case and quickly sold 3 million copies and the work is now regarded as a literary classic. 

With a price estimate of £5,000 to £7,000, it is one of these very first Italian editions that is included in our sale. The book is number 324 of 1,000 copies and is signed on original board with a paper label to the spine and a printed black phoenix on the front cover. 

Not only did the book become a household name due to its controversial content but the court case that it sparked marked a significant historical turning point. The verdict was seen by many – including the book’s great defender Gerald Gardener QC – as a crucial step towards the freedom of the written word and as such opened debate into other areas of human rights such as the legalization of homosexuality and abortion in the decade that followed. 

The book is one of many eye-catching lots in the Fine Art Sale, which starts at 10.00am on Tuesday 15 May.  The contents of the sale can be viewed on Saturday 12 May and Sunday 13 May between 10.00am and 1.00pm and on Monday 14 May from 9.00am and 4.00pm.

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<![CDATA[Easter Opening Hours]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/posteaster-opening-hours https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/posteaster-opening-hours Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT The saleroom will be closed from Good Friday, Saturday 31 March, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday 3 April.

The Directors and staff wish you a happy Easter.

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<![CDATA[WHY THIS BUDDHA IS SMILING]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postwhy-this-buddha-is-smiling https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postwhy-this-buddha-is-smiling Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Sometimes we get a really surprising result at auction – what’s known in the profession as a sleeper – and this was certainly the case at our last Fine Art Sale when a small soapstone figure of a grinning Buddha smashed its original estimate of £80 to £120 by selling for an eye-watering £16,500.

Dating from the 19th century, the 9cm-long figure depicts a reclining Buddha mounted on a hardwood stand and was one of several high-selling Chinese lots at the sale, which took place on 27 February.

The Buddha was hotly contested by bidding on the phone and Internet but was eventually knocked down at over 200 times its estimate to a bidder in Hong Kong.

Several other Chinese lots did exceptionally well in the quarterly catalogue sale, with a Chinese blue and white ‘kylin’ jar being sold for or £2,600, soaring above its price estimate of up to £600, and a Chinese blue and white jar elaborately decorated with a dragon chasing a large pearl exceeded its guide price of £200 to £300 when it sold for £1,100.

The exceptional results that we have seen at this and other recent auctions is testimony to the popularity of Chinese items at the moment.

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<![CDATA[Behind the scenes at Flog It!]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postbehind-the-scenes-at-flog-it https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postbehind-the-scenes-at-flog-it Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Flog It! is one of the most popular antiques shows on television and regularly achieves an audience of more than two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot. We were therefore delighted to host the film crew when they came to record part of the programme’s 17th series at our sale on 16 January and were also rather intrigued by how the day would go! 

Well before the auction started at 10am, the saleroom was full of BBC people with clipboards and cameras, taking readings, checking distances and marking out interview areas. The presenter Paul Martin and antiques experts Catherine Southon, David Fletcher and James Lewis mingled with the ever-building crowd of auction goers, chatting comfortably to fans whilst good humoredly posing for photos and signing autographs. 

Also arriving were the owners of the more than thirty lots that were going under the hammer that day, having been selected at the public valuation event at Ushaw College the previous month. They were ushered into a side room and looked after until the moment arrived when their lot was just about to be called. At this point they joined Paul Martin and the experts for a short chat about the object they were selling and then were filmed watching the bidding process. 

It was very exciting waiting to see what the lots would sell for and everyone – including the seasoned experts and BBC behind-the-scenes staff – seemed to hold their breath before each result. 

Among the lots was a collection of Rupert the Bear books and figurine bought for 15p in 1971 by Audrey and Stewart Schofield (pictured with Paul Martin and David Fletcher (far right)). The couple from Langley Park, near Durham, bought the books for their four-year-old daughter, but a recent sort-out uncovered the collection and they decided to sell them.  

Afterwards Mrs Schofield said: “It is the first time we have ever sold anything at auction and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Flog It! is one of our favourite television programmes so it was really exciting to have been involved with the show and to meet the TV experts.” 

The items were valued at £10 to £20 but were knocked down for £35 with the Schofields donating the proceeds to the Great North Air Ambulance Service. 

Also joining in was Brenda Smithson from Lanchester who was selling a Scandanavian sterling silver and green enamel double leaf brooch that she had bought at a local antiques fair for £35. She was thrilled to double her money when the brooch sold for £70. 

“This is my first experience of selling at auction and I will definitely do it again. You could say that I have caught the bug!” She said.  

All the owners seemed to really enjoy being part of the filming and left the saleroom buzzing with excitement. Live auctions are great fun and it’s fantastic to be able to capture some of this atmosphere on film. The BBC crew, experts and presenter were brilliantly efficient whilst remaining friendly and approachable. The day ran like clockwork – fuelled by plenty of tea and coffee!– and was hugely enjoyable for everyone. It’s easy to see why the show has more than 1,000 episodes under its belt! 

The Thomas Watson episode is due to air in the next 18 months.

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<![CDATA[‘FLOG IT!’ COMES TO DARLINGTON]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postflog-it-comes-to-darlington https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postflog-it-comes-to-darlington Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Exciting news! The popular BBC 1 antiques programme Flog It! will be filming our Antiques and Collectibles Sale on Tuesday 16 January starting at 10am.

With more than 1,000 episodes under its belt, Flog It! is presented by Paul Martin and regularly achieves an audience of more than one million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot.

The show invites people to bring antiques and collectibles to events across the country to be valued by a team of experts with an option to sell at auction. A number of these items are placed in sales at selected auction houses, where they are filmed along with their owners and the programme’s antiques experts.

This is where we come in and everyone is invited to come along and see how the objects gathered at a recent valuation day at USHAW College perform under the hammer. Paul Martin will be there along with screen experts Catherine Southon, David Fletcher and James Lewis. 

Viewing for the sale, which is the first one of the year, takes place at the saleroom on Saturday 13 January and Sunday 14 January between 10.00am and 1.00pm and on Monday 15 January from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

We hope to see you there!

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<![CDATA[Antiques Valuations]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postantiques-valuations https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postantiques-valuations Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT We welcome you to bring in your antiques, fine art and collectables for appraisal for our forthcoming Fine Sale. Our Director will be on hand to help with identification, valuation and advice on Friday, 26 January 2018. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

T: 01325 462559 or email: enquiries@thomaswatson.com

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<![CDATA[Jewellery Valuations]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postjewellery-valuations https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postjewellery-valuations Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT We welcome you to bring in items of jewellery for appraisal for our forthcoming Fine Sale. Our specialist will be on hand to help with identification, valuation and advice on Friday, 26 January 2018. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

T: 01325 462559 or email: enquiries@thomaswatson.com

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<![CDATA[Christmas and New Year Opening Times]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postchristmas-and-new-year-opening-times https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postchristmas-and-new-year-opening-times Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT The saleroom closes at 5pm on Friday, 22 December and reopens on Thursday, 4 January at 9am.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you at our first sale of 2018 on 16 January, which will be filmed by Flog It.

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<![CDATA[Sale offers treasure trove of silver delights]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postsale-offers-treasure-trove-of-silver-delights https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postsale-offers-treasure-trove-of-silver-delights Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT We have a huge collection of fine quality silverware in our Antiques and Collectables Sale on Tuesday 21 November that is expected to create a great deal of interest. 

Comprising around 90 lots, the collection comes from a house in Northumberland and includes a wide variety of objects dating from the 18th century through to the late 20th century. Amongst the many treasures are bowls, candlesticks, spoons, jugs and tankards, as well as inkwells, glove stretchers, propelling pencils and shoe buckles. 

One of the earliest pieces is Lot 302, a George II sliver lidded tankard by William Shaw and William Priest of London. Dating from 1751, it carries a price estimate of £400 - £600. Another standout item is Lot 348, a Victorian silver castle top card case made by Nathaniel Mills of Birmingham in 1845. Valued between £400 and £600, it measures 10cm by 7cm and depicts a view of the Houses of Parliament. 

This is a rare opportunity to acquire some really impressive examples of finely crafted silver that have been amassed over time not only from this country but also in Europe and further afield in India and Singapore. 

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<![CDATA[Religious needlework sampler produces shock result at auction]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postreligious-needlework-sampler-produces-shock-result-at-auction https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postreligious-needlework-sampler-produces-shock-result-at-auction Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT A piece of needlework crafted nearly 300 years ago created quite a stir at our Antiques and Collectables Sale on 7 November when it sold for an eye-watering £1,200 - thirty times above its original price estimate of £40-80.

The framed needlework sampler made by Rebeckah Ansell in 1725 was fiercely contested on both the telephone and Internet before being finally knocked down to a telephone bidder.

The early date of the sampler was undoubtedly a contributory factor to this extraordinary result but the piece was also in excellent condition. Samplers of this age are usually very faded but the colours in this case were particularly vibrant and the design was beautifully executed, portraying a range of letters and pictorial illustrations.

Samplers have been produced throughout history as a demonstration of needlework skill and techniques, mainly embroidery or cross-stitch. They often included the alphabet, figures, motifs and decorative borders and sometimes – like this example – carried the name of the person who embroidered it and date.

Early samplers tended to be long narrow pieces that displayed a particular technique or style and were rolled up and stored away for future reference. By the 18th century, they were becoming wider and more square-shaped and showcased a variety of techniques – often with borders on all four sides – and were designed to be hung as pictures. This particular sampler is typical of this trend and depicts religious text surrounded by naturalistic floral patterns.

The inclusion of religious text was quite common at this time and the sampler was as much a demonstration of a girl’s dutiful piety as her needlework skills. Indeed the stitching of samplers was believed to be a sign of virtue, achievement and industry and in the 18th century girls were taught the art from a young age.

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