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19/10/2012 : Time and Time again.........

The latest auction at Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers included one of our bi-annual marine sales. The saleroom was full of maritime art, ships models, equipment, ceramics and even a couple of divers’ helmets!

The top price in this section was for a good 19th century marine chronometer, housed in a rosewood and brass bound case, this example was made by the London firm of Barraud, makers to the Royal Navy. It was in excellent condition and a collector was delighted to acquire the piece for £1250. Other strong results were achieved by one of the afore mentioned divers helmets realising £480, and two more modern chronometers making £360 and £210 respectively.

In the regular antiques and collectors section of the auction the top price of the day was, again, led by an outstanding timepiece. The Swiss watchmakers Blancpain were founded in 1735 and are one of the oldest watch firms in the world. Their timepieces are synonymous with quality and that was certainly evident in the example offered, being made of 18ct gold and with unusual automatic winding system, moon phase and day/date aperture. It came boxed and with all relevant certificates and paperwork which led to a keen telephone bidder to pay £2200 to add the fine watch to his collection.

Jewellery, silver and coins proved extremely popular once again with every lot in this section selling to a number of keen bidders both in the room and on-line.

Our next sale is on November 7th and already consigned for this sale is a group of three Austrian cold painted bronzes by Franz Bergman, a rare signed Beatles poster, and part one of a huge collection of Oriental works of art. Entries are still being invited and can be bought along to our regular free valuation day every Wednesday between 9am – 5.30pm.