Haul of Vintage Watches total £9,200 at Richard Winterton Auction

A haul of vintage watches has just totalled £9,200 at a Lichfield Auction this week on 25th November.

The collection of wristwatches dating from c.1910 to the present day was discovered on a valuation day in Lichfield. Adrian Rathbone, Head of Fine Arts at Richard Winterton Auctioneers of Lichfield comments:

Patek Philippe in 18ct gold

Patek Philippe in 18ct gold

‘The collection was housed in a nice wooden box and I had no idea what was inside until it was opened in front of me. I could not believe my eyes. Inside was an immaculate collection of about twenty wristwatches primarily dating from the 1930’s to the 1980’s. Brands included well-known quality manufacturers such as Rolex, Longines, Bulova, Breitling, Hamilton, Dunhill, Cartier, Ideal, Elgin and Waltham. There was one watch that stood out from the crowd, a gents Patek Philippe in 18ct gold dating from the 1960’s.
Patek is widely regarded as the world’s finest watch maker so it was great to see such a clean example in working order. We were inundated with pre-sale enquires so it was no surprise that it would fly past the estimate to bring a total of £5,850, (with premiums). The whole collection realised £9,200’.

In the jewellery section, Lot 14 a Liberty & Co Arts and Crafts brooch in the manner of Archibald Knox totalled £430 and Lot 50, an early nineteenth century heart shaped ring surmounted with a diamond coronet totalled £570.

Elsewhere in the same Auction, Lot 103 a silver replica of the Warwick equestrian trophy hallmarked 1902 brought £5,980 in total.

In the picture section, Lots 187 and 188 a pair of agricultural oil pictures by Harry Fidler (British, 1856-1935) had been discovered on a valuation day in Solihull. The two totalled £5,200.

The next Fine Art & Luxury Goods Auction is 3rd March and entries are currently being invited. Please contact Adrian Rathbone or Heather Amor for further details on 01543 251081.

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