Jewellery, Silverware And Coins Shine At Ewbank's

Spring Auction on 22-24 March

Jewellery Surrey AuctionLovers of all things shiny should head to Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, on 22nd March for its sale featuring jewellery, silverware and coins. There are over 400 lots of jewellery with entries still coming in making it the auctioneers biggest jewellery sale ever. 


Among the  best lots on sale is a stunning Victorian brooch valued at up to £6,000, a broad range of diamond rings with estimates from £100 to £30,000, plus a collection of around 50 costume pieces belonging to mother and daughter actors, Jane and Abigail McKern. 


Jane McKern was married to Leo McKern, who died in 2002 and was best known for his portrayal of combative criminal defence barrister Horace Rumpole in the television series, Rumpole Of The Bailey. Jane started collecting jewellery in the 1960s and had a particular interest in Art Deco costume jewellery, and  designer costume pieces from the 1930s to 1970s which are now highly collectable. 


The McKern collection comprises around 50 lots, belonging to both Jane and her daughter Abigail, with prices between £50 and £1,000 including works by Miriam Haskell, Hattie Carnegie, Marcel Boucher and Lea Stein.


Highlights include an 18ct gold amethyst and diamond-set ring which has been valued at between £400 and £600.  It has a large amethyst (24.5cts) of good colour on a coiled rope mount, the shoulders set with six diamonds (total 0.42 cts). A contemporary Carrrera Y Carrera heart-in-hand pendant and ring, in bright and frosted 18ct gold set with diamonds, is valued at between £500 and £800. Jewellery Auction Sussex


A Miriam Haskell faux-pearl pendant necklace in Art Nouveau style is valued at between £100 and £150. The pendant is suspending three drops, and comes with a similar pair of Stanley Hagler faux pearl and paste earrings.


Andrea Machen, Ewbank’s jewellery specialist and member of the Society of Jewellery Historians, said of the collection: “There are some great pieces of costume jewellery in this collection which show off the design styles of each era, from the angular forms of Art Deco to the exuberance of the post war period. The most important trait in costume jewellery, is that it should be fun and the pieces from these charming ladies, certainly fit the bill. Jewellery including gold and diamonds in particular seems to be attracting buyers who not only wish to wear it but also see it as a good investment.”    


Other pieces of interest in the sale, include a stunning Victorian diamond and pearl brooch which has been valued at between £4,000 and 6,000. It is of openwork scrolling design, with a flower cluster, which has to the centre a 6.8 mm pearl surrounded by old cut diamonds. It is set throughout with old-cut and rose cut diamonds,  diamond set bale, and with detachable brooch fitting, estimated total diamond weight 6.50 carats. 


A jade and diamond-set bracelet carries a pre-sale estimate of between £1,000 and £1,500. The green jade discs are each carved with a symbol, linked by abstract designs in white gold, and set with baguette and round diamonds in 18 ct. gold.


An amber necklace of large oval beads, is estimated between £500 and £800. 


An exceptional sapphire and diamond three-stone ring, has been valued at between £4,500 and £6,500 by the experts at Ewbank’s. The sapphire is in a four-claw setting, flanked by pear-shaped diamonds and mounted in 18ct white gold.


Silverware aficionados will be pleased with the breadth of items on sale on the same day. One of the most valuable lots is a George V canteen of silver cutlery for 12, in a mahogany two-drawer, canteen table on cabriole legs, which has an estimate of between £1,500 and £2,500 and comes with its original purchase receipt from Harman & Lambert, London, in 1937.Amber Auction


A number of other lots are on offer. These include a Victorian silver entree dish and cover with moulded scroll, shell and floral decoration, by Edward, John & William Barnard of London, which is estimated at between £1,000 and £1,500. A pair of George III silver oval twin-handled dishes with beaded decoration, by Robert Hennell I, London, 1776, is at £600 to £800 .


A Victorian silver four-piece tea service with embossed floral and foliate decoration, comprising teapot, coffee pot, cream jug and sugar bowl, by Sibray, Hall & Co. Ltd., London and Sheffield, is estimated at between £800 and £1,200.


A 19th century Indian silver bowl deeply embossed with figures framed by borders of scrolling foliage, inscribed to the base 'Viscount Valletort 1892', (weighs 47oz /  1461g) is valued at between £500 and £800. It has been consigned for sale from a private family collection which has been in a bank vault and not seen since the 1950s.


Among the many coins on sale are a George III gold sovereign 1793, and a Victorian double sovereign 1887, estimated at £250-350 and £400 -£600 respectively.


Viewing for the sale will be available in the week prior, and live internet bidding through and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available. These platforms give on-line buyers the opportunity to participate in sales at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.


If you have items to consign for sale for this, or any future auction, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email Or just call in and see us on any day (Monday to Friday) between 9 and 5. There is plenty of parking on site.