The two-day sale features a range of antiques and collectables

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Smiths Auctions in Newent is holding its two-day sale on Thursday June 30 and Friday July 1 from 10am. The fully illustrated catalog is online at www.smithsnewentauctions.co.uk and includes a wide variety of antiques and collectibles. On the first day they will sell ceramics, glass, silver, gold, jewelry, watches and coins and on the second day they will complete the sale with furniture, photos, books and collectibles. Visits are possible on June 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the morning of the sale from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The sale features over 1,000 lots ranging in price from £10 to £5,000 – with a fantastic selection of useful and decorative items to furnish your home. A selection of Persian rugs on sale includes a high quality Liberty long narrow Hamadan rug – suitable for a hallway or hallway. It is estimated at £200/£300 and comes with its original Liberty purchase receipt dated 1980. There is also a large selection of furniture in the sale room, including three traditional mahogany dining tables, a pine farmhouse table and chairs, two large glass display cases. cupboards and a few side tables and chests of drawers in old oak. A charming little Victorian Arts and Crafts corner cabinet is decorated with a stylized design of dragons and foliage and the intriguing text ‘What I Hold I Keep’. There are a large number of arts and crafts items on sale, including two items made at the Compton Pottery set up in London to encourage ‘craftsmanship in the lower classes’. Originally, starting with evening classes, the group was encouraged by early success in doing the terracotta garden. pots and smaller decorative pottery items. Pottery items were made in an unusual soft body and painted in tempura colors with an egg base. Items are easily damaged and, unsurprisingly, colors are easily worn or washed off. The sale features a group of three little girls titled ‘See No Evil, Speak No Evil and Hear No Evil’ designed by Mary Watts (one of the group’s founders) and is estimated between £150 and £200 due to its rarity and good condition.

Another interesting and eye-catching element is a large international clock that would have been used to record staff working hours. As the Industrial Revolution progressed and large companies were formed, it became necessary to ensure that staff arrived quickly at the office or factory and worked the correct number of hours. Initially this was done by a clerk, but towards the end of the 19th century special clocks were designed to do the job. The large dial at the front of the cabinet would rotate, allowing each member of staff to dial in and out their in and out time on their assigned slot. The machine could then produce printouts or reports for up to 100 or more employees which could be used to calculate hours worked and wages due. Although the large, rather heavy clock is no longer very useful, it is a very decorative and visually interesting object that could appeal to a number of potential buyers.

The sale includes a good selection of silver items, including a very fine pair of traditional Georgian silver candlesticks made in 1767 and valued at £1000/£1500. Other pieces of Georgian silverware include a collection of early tablespoons from various makers, a fine Irish silver tray and a fine coffee jug.

A good selection of jewelery on sale includes a number of attractive rings, including an unusual lapis lazuli ring valued at just £50/£70, while a very fine diamond ring with a rectangular cut stone flanked by two shoulders set with trilliant-cut diamonds is estimated at £3,000/£4,000. The center stone is just over one carat and its modern design makes it perfect for an engagement ring. A beautiful sapphire and diamond ring should fetch £5,000 / £7,000, but there is also a large selection of more affordable decorative rings estimated between £30 and £200. A good selection of antique and vintage costume jewelery is always a popular part of the sale and attracts both private buyers and dealers who find a ready market for it at antique fairs and online. The Smiths catalog and further details can be found at www.smithsnewentauctions.co.uk

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