Previous News - Diamonds & Dinky Toys - Gifts for all ages at The Canterbury Auction Galleries


If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then Christmas came early for the lady sitting next to her partner, the buyer of the top lot in a pre-festive season sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries ... assuming the stunning pair of Art Deco earrings were for her, of course.

The prize in a good selection of antique and pre-owned jewellery, the pendant drop earrings had scrolling open work panels set with marquise, baguette and brilliant cut diamonds weighing an estimated total of 10.4 carats. Good jewellery usually comes in an equally good box, in this instance a tan leather and gilt tooled fitted case marked with the retailer’s name, B.J. Tully of New Bond Street, W1. The earring sold for £7,500.

Local gift buyers took good advantage of the sale. Equally impressive as the earrings but dating from the late Victorian era was a diamond and sapphire set pendant/brooch, the central circular sapphire of approximately 1.3cts, contained within scrolling borders set with 76 old cut diamonds. It sold on estimate for £3,000, as did a modern 18ct white gold and diamond solitaire ring, the gem weighing 2.1cts, which realised £1,500.

The boys were not left out though. Pick of a selection of good gentleman’s modern wristwatches was a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date example in 18k gold case which sold for £3,200, followed closely by a Panerai Radiomir Black Seal, with ceramic dial with paperwork for its purchase in December 2010 from Juwelier Stijnen. This time out it was secured by a U.S. Internet bidder for £3,000.

A chronograph wristwatch by Minerva with stopwatch function and tachometer graduations, contained in an 18 carat gold case doubled its estimate to sell for £2,300 and a Dunhill “Moon Phase” automatic wristwatch also showing day, date and month with a crystal rear cover revealing the Jaeger Le Coultre, 34-jewel automatic movement sold for £1,150.

Not to be outdone, two ladies’ Rolex Oyster watches achieved strong prices: a 2006/7 “Datejust” with a diamond-set dial which sold for £2,200 and a 1970s Perpetual “Datejust” with bi-metal bracelet, which sold for £1,450. Each was purchased by London buyers, both selling above estimate.

However, if it was boys’ toys buyers were after, the sale had some to spare. Most valuable proved to be a collection of 67 Lesney diecast “Matchbox” model vehicles, including Regular Major and Models of Yesteryear Series and 11 Dinky diecast model vehicles, all of which were boxed, together with a quantity of unboxed others which sold to a Lancashire buyer for £1,900.

In the same section of the sale, a group of seven boxed Dinky Supertoys diecast model vehicles, including “Blaw Knox Bulldozer” No. 561; a Penguin Series 4 clockwork plastic “Cabin Cruiser”, also with box and 22 assorted Dinky and similar toys, some repainted, also exceeded the estimate to sell for £1.300 to a buyer from Wales bidding on the Internet.

The iconography of Greek and Russian icons is celebrated at this time of year, so it was no surprise that the sale featured a small number, from four separate consignors. The most seasonally appropriate was an unusual 19th century Russian School example on panel depicting the Virgin and Child. Known as an Hodigitria or “directress” icon, showing Mary directing the viewer’s gaze to the Christ Child with her hand, it measured 8.25 x 6.25ins, and sold on estimate for £150, despite being damaged.

Pick of the others, however, was another, larger Russian School example dating from the late 18th or early 19th century, equally unusual for the variation of the Pantocrator scene of Christ as ruler of all above the main subject of the Archangel Michael surrounded by saints. In a later gilt frame and glazed, the icon sold to a Greek buyer on the Internet for £800.

Entries of good quality fine art, antiques and collectors’ items are now invited for the first Two Day sale of the new year on February 17-18, the deadline for which is on January 9. Free valuation mornings are held every Friday except public holidays from 10am-1pm. For further information, please contact the saleroom secretary, Chris Wacker or

Back To News