Jewellery, Coins and Medals highlights will be on exhibition at Dreweatts’ London office on Tuesday 7th August, from 10am – 5pm.
The selection has been made from the auction of Jewellery, Silver, Coins and Medals which takes place the following week on Tuesday 14th August at Donnington Priory.
The London office, at 16-17 Pall Mall, St James’s, will also be hosting a Valuation Day on 7th August to which clients may bring Jewellery, Silver, Watches, Luxury Accessories and Asian Works of Art.
To book a valuation appointment, please call: 020 7839 8880 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read here about lot 460: The medals and associated ephemera of Gladys, Lady Swaythling, which will also be on exhibition in the Pall Mall office.
This extremely fine silver medal commemorates the salvage of treasure lost with a Spanish ship off Hispaniola, in the West Indies . The reverse, showing here, depcits boats engaged in fishing up the treasure from the wreck. The recovery was attempted by Captain William Phipps with funding from Charles II. As the project was initially unsuccessful, James II refused to finance the activities. However, Christopher, Duke of Albemarle, along with some of his friends, advanced the necessary money. Just as funds were about to be exhausted, Phipps finally succeeded and returned to England with £300,000 worth of silver.
The reverse bears the legend: ‘SEMPER TIBI PENDEAT HAMUS .’ (Always let your hook be hanging.) and the exergue: ‘NAVFRAGA REPERTA 1687’ (Wreck recovered). The obverse of the medal features busts of James II and Queen Mary.
The medals, struck by George Bower, were presented to the ship’s officers and the promoters of the venture. The king himself gave them to friends and favourites.
George Bower was medallist to Charles II, James II and William III and an engraver to the Royal Mint, a post which he held from 1664 until his death. Over the course of his career he executed a number of medals for the royal family and private individuals.
The central rectangular cut aquamarine of this ring sits in a claw setting between brilliant cut diamond set shoulders, approximately 0.70 carats in total and stamped 750.
Aquamarine is a blue to green-blue gem-quality variety of beryl. The beryl group of gemstones is most famous for the emerald, one of the ‘precious four’ gems (diamond, sapphire and ruby are the other three).
Aquamarine is exceptionally hard and is most famous for its breathtaking sea-blue colours which can range from pale light blue to medium-dark blue. The name aquamarine comes from an old Latin expression meaning seawater.
Aquamarine and emerald might belong to the same family, but they are surprisingly different. Whilst emeralds tend to be hazy and full of inclusions (material trapped inside a mineral during its formation), aquamarines are distinguished by their excellent transparency and clarity.