Auction Results: January 2021

Michael Bowman’s first auction of the New Year was a typically buoyant January event, with keen internet and telephone bidding from throughout the UK and worldwide.

A pair of Regency cut glass lustre candelabra were snapped up by a mailing list client from Hampshire for £420, the same buyer prevailing when one of the star items of the day was offered. A 19th century sperm whale tooth, 6” in length, bore a silver presentation plaque inscribed, ‘A gift to me from Cakobau, Fiji 1853’. Cakobau was the first king of a short-lived united Fiji kingdom. He is believed to have been involved in cannibalism in his earlier years, but had converted to Christianity shortly before this date. An estimate of £400-600 had attracted numerous potential bidders, including some from Fiji itself, but the tooth remained in the UK, courtesy of the Hampshire collector for a final price of £1,300.

A small 18th century Bilston enamel box went to an internet bidder from the USA for £490, another American buyer paying £380 for a WWII German naval dress dagger with ivorine hilt. A collector from North Devon, secured a pair of Edwardian silver Corinthian column candlesticks for £620.

In the jewellery section, a Victorian ‘patriot’s’ bar brooch set with a Burmese ruby, as well as a sapphire and diamonds, sailed above estimate to another Devon collector for £1,450. A certified 5.28 carat Ceylon sapphire & diamond cluster ring had a much longer journey to make, after climbing just above estimate to £5,200 from an Australian internet bidder.

Michael Bowman is now accepting suitable entries for his next online auction to be held on March 27th.


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