January 2012 Results
A Collection of Pocket watches totals £25,000
John Roger Arnold silver pocket chronometer sells for £2,800
A silver cased pocket watch by John Roger Arnold (1783-1830) proved the most popular from a collection of 25 pocket watches included in Michael Bowman's January 2012 auction. Son of the illustrious London watchmaker John Arnold, John Roger was apprenticed to Breguet in Paris and was to continue his father's high standards in later years.
The Regency silver- cased example of his work offered in the New Year at Chudleigh, sold for a multi-estimate £2,800 to a South Coast collector in the room
A Lady's 18ct gold wrist watch on Patek leather strap sold for £3,100 to a local collector at Chudleigh in January. The gold presentation Patek pocket watch dating to circa 1960 was bought by a London telephone bidder for £1,500.
SOLD FOR £3,200
This renaissance style gold tortoise pendant decorated with enamelling and pearls was taken to a triple estimate price by a London telephone bidder against underbidding from Zurich.
POCKET WATCH COLLECTION TOTALS £25,000
A collection of 25 pocket watches had been bought by a Devon couple some 30 years ago and subsequently stored in bank vaults. They now emerged onto the open market to a very appreciative audience of bidders from all over the UK
An 18ct gold hunter cased minute repeater by Benson of London was predictably popular at £2,500 to a South Coast collector. Another 18ct hunter cased watch to attract much interest was the minute repeating chronograph with four subsidiary dials including a moonphase, which went to a Cheshire telephone bidder for £2,000
Michael Bowman's next auction at Chudleigh Town Hall will be held on March 17th. It will include a naval China 1900 medal with Taku Forts clasp offered together with a Long Service medal, estimated £400-600