Objects of Virtu
Wed, 23rd February 2011
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A pale blue and white enamelled square waist belt buckle, a pair of mother-of-pearl topped hat pins, and a set of six mother-of-pearl buttons, cased.
Hammer price: £48
A cut cornered rectangular miniature watercolour on ivory depicting a young girl standing beside a pedestal surmounted by a lamb, a gilt filigree pendant cross, a commemorative cruciform medal detailed to the centre with a photograph of Queen Victoria, a miniature 'Schloss's English Bijou Almanac 1842', with a slip case, and a commemorative moulded mauve coloured glass book shaped locket, containing photographs of George V and Queen Mary.
Hammer price: £65
Two silver thimbles, Birmingham 1925 and 1926, a thimble decorated with Siamese deities, a base metal thimble, twelve agate marbles, a faceted glass scent bottle with hinge lid, with a blue paste set top, a plated writing implement, and a commemorative key, detailed 'British High Commission Ceylon'.
Hammer price: £42
A 9ct gold mounted crocodile rectangular folding cigar case by Asprey, London, the front with an applied oval monogram, each front corner with 9ct gold mounts, London 1917.
Hammer price: £90
A tortoiseshell box and cover of cylindrical form, the cover with a monogram, and a gilt rectangular miniature picture depicting a village scene, detailed '925', in a wooden frame.
Hammer price: £20
A brass pipe tamper, the handle formed as a medallion depicting twin satirical portraits to the back and front.
Hammer price: £30
A Middle Eastern circular niello decorated powder compact, the hinge lid decorated with three camels, together with a silver cased propelling pencil, with engine turned decoration, another silver cased pencil, and a Cross gilt metal ballpoint pen.
Hammer price: £40
A Victorian mother-of-pearl and silver inlaid card case of rectangular form, hinged to reveal a blue fitted interior.
Hammer price: £22
A Russian silver and cloisonné purse, 84 zolotniks, circa 1899-1908, of rectangular hinged form, each side decorated with polychrome flowers and scrolling foliage, length approx 6.6cm, together with a silver and mother-of-pearl folding fruit knife.
Hammer price: £360
A Victorian silver and parcel gilt posy holder, of conical form with gilt beaded band above another gilt relief band, on sprung hinged tripod legs, fitted with pin and chain, London 1873 by EHS, length approx 13.5cm.
Hammer price: £750
A lacquered gilt metal Sheaffer fountain pen and matching ballpoint pen, each with a lacquered spiral textured decoration, with scroll decorated central bands, detailed 'Made in USA', with the original guarantee, dated 17/12/73, and plastic tooled leather effect pouch.
Hammer price: £20
An ivory comb, carved and pierced with scroll decoration and engraved 'WH' within a wreath shaped surround, probably first half 19th Century.
Hammer price: £50
A glass syringe, within a turned treen case detailed 'Bowden's, Charles St, St James's', an ear trumpet, three powder compacts, including one detailed 'Ireland', a painted lead based alloy ink stand formed as a cabbage with a hen and a frog perched on the leaves, a small folding button hook, a salt spoon, a rectangular trinket box and three ornamental hair combs.
Hammer price: £90
A Victorian papier-mâché desk blotter, with painted and inlaid mother-of-pearl foliate decoration, a 19th Century small tortoiseshell dome top casket, a similar diminutive knife box, a set of sovereign scales, two cased thimbles, a folding fruit knife and a compass.
Hammer price: £190
An early 19th Century oval snuff box, the hinge lid painted with three exotic birds in a landscape, the sides and base with chequer decoration, length approx 10.5cm.
Hammer price: £160
A 19th Century Mauchline ware stamp box, the hinge lid transfer decorated with a house titled 'Old Tip Top House, Mt. Washington N.H.', together with two other stamp boxes, one decorated with shells.
Hammer price: £85
A 19th Century papier-mâché snuff box of circular form, the cover painted with the portrait of a bearded gentleman wearing a red coat and large brimmed hat, diameter approx 10.5cm.
Hammer price: £55
A large collection of stick pins, mostly Victorian, the terminals in a variety of designs including a Lincoln Imp, a thistle, a green paste set snake, cameos, horseshoes, golf clubs and a harp, and further larger pins, displayed in a metal case.
Hammer price: £900
A Victorian silver and mother-of-pearl folding fruit knife, engraved with flowers and leaves, Sheffield 1867, cased, two other folding fruit knives and two silver mounted pencils.
Hammer price: £55
A 19th Century miniature tartan ware book rest, decorated with the 'Stuart' tartan, together with a 19th Century tartan ware needlecase, decorated with the 'Prince Charles' tartan.
Hammer price: £130