Goblet celebrating church’s 800th anniversary sells for £4,250 at auction

An 18 carat gold goblet commemorating the 800th anniversary of St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray sold for £4,250 at Halls Fine Art and Antiques Auction on Wednesday 25th November.

The goblet, one of only 80 made by A. E. Jones Ltd, Birmingham in 1971, was consigned to Halls’ £300,000 auction of fine pictures, silver, jewellery and coins Shrewsbury by a Bridgnorth vendor.

The original goblet, which was made in 1630 and given to the church n 1631, is used for special occasions, such as Christmas and bears the inscription Calix Benedictionis, which translates to the Cup of Blessing.

A total of 800 silver replicas of the goblet were made, each representing one year of the church, parts of which date to 1171.

Two pieces of jewellery from a Cheshire vendor sold for £7.300. A 123 carat kunzite and diamond pendant purchased from Boodles and Dunthorne in 2006 sold for £4,600 while a pear-shaped diamond ring made £2,700.

Other leading prices included £4,700 for an emerald and diamond bracelet, £2,600 for a sapphire and diamond bar brooch, £2,500 for a pair of diamond set ear pendants, £2,400 for a graduated two strand amber bead necklace, £2,200 for a diamond set dress ring, £2,200 for an 8 escudos coin pendant and £1,900 for an 19th century circular diamond cluster brooch

In the watches section, a gentleman’s 18 carat gold half hunter pocket watch made £2,200 and a gentleman’s Rolex stainless steel perpetual oyster date Explorer II superlative chronometer wristwatch made £1,500.

Heading up the silver section was a silver model of the Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament, which sold for £3,000. The late owner worked for the famous British company.

Other leading prices in the silver section were £1,500 for a comprehensive two drawer canteen of cutlery, £1,150 for a George III Irish silver meat plate, £1,050 for a part canteen of silver flatware, £1,200 for a collection of silver mounted novelty pin cushions mainly in the form of pigs and £1,000 for Russian silver, enamel and gold cigarette case.

Three sailor’s sweetheart shell valentines from a South Shropshire vendor sold for a combined total of more than £900.

Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley, head of Halls’ silver and jewellery department, said she was pleased with the auction result, which highlighted the demand for quality gemstones as an alternative to diamonds.

“Some examples of good colour stones, such as emeralds and sapphires, are now more valuable than diamonds,” she added. “The sapphire and diamond bar brooch sold particularly well because of the quality cushion cut sapphires.

“The kunzite and diamond pendant was a large, museum quality stone from a recognised maker, which added to its value. Unusual stones, such as kunzite, have been in the retail market for 20 years but it takes time for them to come into the auction market.”

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