December auction report

December auction report

Always a popular sale with buyers, Stroud Auctions’ December auction exceeded expectations once again.

Starting with a jewellery section of 850 lots, antique pieces in good condition once again sold extremely well. A Victorian rivière necklace, discovered in a lot of costume jewellery by Stroud auctions’ jewellery specialist Alexandra, made an astonishing £800 - once again proving the difference it can make when a qualified specialist valuer catalogues your items. Alexandra confirms that quality diamond and natural gemstone pieces are also selling very well - notable results from the jewellery section include an Art Deco platinum ring set with a natural untreated cornflower blue Sri Lankan sapphire and diamonds which sold for £3,500, a Victorian gold bangle set with pearls which sold for £1050 and a Georgian ring set with seven foiled rose cut diamonds which made £1,100.

Luxury wristwatches continue to be extremely popular, so it was no surprise that a Rolex Daytona example sold for £7,700. Our watch specialist Stuart Maule is keen to point out equally desirable but lesser known makes also made great prices including a CWC military chronograph (£1200), Bucherer (£2100) and a Nivada Chronomaster diver’s watch (£900). Even vintage Seiko watches were making up to £500.

Good pocket watches are always sought after as Christmas gifts, this was reflected in the £1600 hammer price of two gold examples and the £2000 realised by a doctor’s chronograph.

It seems that the British are not alone in their devotion to their dogs – a Russian silver dog collar, a gift from the Czar of Russia to the breeder of his Afghan hound, was eventually sold for £750 after some intense bidding. A really fabulous item with great provenance, and the auctioneer’s personal favourite from the December sale.

No auction report would be complete without a mention of the much loved and very well supported fine wines and spirits section! Once again, this Christmas fixture produced some great results, with both port and whisky making excellent prices and a selection of high-quality wines including Chateau D’Yquem making as much as £300 a bottle. Even a missing label did not deter bidding on two bottles of Barros 1945 port, which eventually sold for £600!

If you have something you would like to have valued by one of Stroud Auctions’ specialists, contact us by phone (01453 873800) or email ( We are accepting entries for all upcoming auctions including the next sale of jewellery, watches, silver, coins etc. in March 2021

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