Gentlemen's Jewellery, Watches, And Gifts Going Under The Hammer At Ewbank's

Cartier Pocket WatchEwbank’s, Surrey’s leading auctionhouse, has an array of gentleman’s jewellery, watches and unusual gifts going under the hammer in the coming months.


One of the most unusual lots, and one which will be highly sought after by movie fans, is a replica golden gun, from the 1974 James Bond film, The Man With The Golden Gun. 


This is a 20th anniversary edition, gold-plated replica manufactured by S.D. Studios (number 220) and comes in presentation case with combination lock. It bears original documents and certificate, and measures 9.5 inches. The team at Ewbank’s expect a great deal of interest in this piece of memorabilia from collectors across the UK and internationally. It carries a pre-sale estimate of between £2,000 and £4,000, and will be on sale of  The Adrian Cowdry Collection of James Bond Memorabilia on 13 October.


Among the many lots already consigned for sale for Ewbank’s September 20 “Jewellery, Watches and Silver” are a number of pieces for gentlemen, including cufflinks, seals, and watches. 


Around 20 pairs of cufflinks and 20 seals from a single-owner collection will be available to buy in the auction.


These include a collection of three seals, connected by an unmarked gold ring, which has been valued at between £500 and £800. One of the three is an unusual Georgian seal, the exterior with heraldic design, and unicorn with the motto ' suum Cuique' (to each his own). It opens with small button on rim to reveal, another seal with Pegasus and motto 'Roma mihi perosa', and a third seal, probably George III, which bears a unicorn.Wine auctions


Traditionally, seals such as these, were used with sealing wax to not only seal letters against tampering, but also to identify the sender, as people maintained personal and family seals for the purpose. The idea of using a personal seal for identification dates from the earliest civilisations, and survives today in the form of rubber stamps and embossers.


Among the cufflinks from this single-owner collection are a pair of nine carat gold, four vices enamelled cufflinks, by Deakin & Francis, Birmingham 1967, which have been valued at between £200 and £300.


A pair of double diamond and sapphire cufflinks, each link in a bow motif with an old-cut diamond to the centre, cabochon-cut sapphire and single-cut diamond surround (estimated total diamond weight 1.50 carats) have an estimate of between £800 and £1,200.


A cased Asprey London set of Art Deco period cufflinks, buttons and shirt studs, in platinum and 18ct gold mount, has been valued at between £400 and £600. The octagonal pieces are set with onyx and central diamonds. 


Cufflinks appeared in the 1600s, although they did not become commonplace until the end of the 18th century. In the 19th century the former splendour of the aristocracy was superseded by the bourgeois efficiency of the new employed classes. From the mid-19th century onward men in the middle and upper classes wore cufflinks, which were mass produced at different price points. 


Coloured cufflinks made from gemstones were initially only worn by men with a great deal of self-confidence, however when the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, popularised colourful Fabergé cufflinks in the 19th century, an increasing number of men wore more flamboyant cufflinks; they became an acceptable item of jewellery for men in Britain and America. james bond gentleman


Following the end of the Second World War, into the 1950s, a range of gentleman’s accessories became increasingly popular, including cigarette case, lighter, tie pin or tie bar, watch (worn mostly on the wrist instead of the pocket), ring, key chain, money clip, plus, of course a wide range of cufflinks. 


Among the many watches going under the hammer on September 20 are two Cartier timepieces of note. 


An 18ct gold Cartier tank watch, with rectangular dial and black Roman numerals, has been valued at between £1,000 and £1,500. It has a black Cartier strap with 18ct gold deployment buckle, and manual winding. 


A fine and rare Cartier 18ct gold open-faced pocket watch, circa 1930s, has been valued at between £2,500 and £3,500. It is the former property of English actor Romily Lunge (1904-1994) who starred in pre-war films including His Lordship, Man of Affairs, and The Door With Seven Locks. It has an 18ct gold case,  two-tone silver engine turned dial with applied Roman numerals, outer minute track, and original blue steel decorative hands, marked Cartier.


Further items which will appeal to discerning gentleman can also be found at Ewbank’s “Vintage Textiles and Fashion” auction on November 9. A Hermes black leather briefcase with goldstone hardware and maroon leather interior, has been valued at between £500 and £800. 


And finally a 19th century King’s rack and pinion bone-handled corkscrew will been sale on December 13 in the Ewbank’s pre-Christmas wine sale, with an estimate of between £80 and £120, a great Christmas gift for a man who enjoys fine wine and all the accoutrements. 


If you have items to consign for sale, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email Alternatively, just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford. There is plenty of parking on site.


Live internet bidding through and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available. These platforms give online buyers the opportunity to participate in sales at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.