Edward VIII Presentation watch in 29th January Auction
Michael Bowman’s 29th January auction at Chudleigh Town Hall will feature a wrist watch of potentially significant historical interest. An 18ct gold gent’s Cyma wrist watch bears the inscription ‘David 23-6-52 Wallis’. This date would have been Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor’s 58th birthday. He and Wallis Simpson had been living in France since the end of WWII and in 1952, they bought and renovated a country retreat at Gif-sur-Yvette, just outside Paris, which was to be the only property the couple ever actually owned themselves.
The watch has come from a Westcountry deceased estate having been purchased a couple of years ago at an Exeter auction. It is accompanied by a small handwritten ink note in French, stating that it was the property of Suzanne Blum. Blum was a French lawyer, notorious for having gained power of attorney over Wallis Simpson’s affairs after the death of Edward in 1972. She is believed to have set about secretly selling various items belonging to Wallis Simpson and is considered to have established an undue level of control over her client.
This watch is believed to have been bought in Paris during the 1980’s by its previous owners and should prove an intriguing proposition to potential bidders with an estimate of £2,000-3,000. The jewellery is led by a handsome 4 carat diamond solitaire estimated at £12,000-18,000, whilst a natural 8.3 carat yellow Sri-Lankan sapphire & diamond ring expects at least £2,000-3,000.
The sale is on view at the Town Hall on Friday evening 28th May 4-7:30pm and from 10:30am on Sale Day. For catalogues and enquiries contact Michael Bowman 01626 324071 www.michaeljbowman.co.uk