Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu (4 September 2018)

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Date of Auction: 4th September 2018

Sold for £2,200

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

A late Victorian diamond set mourning brooch/pendant, the domed oval onyx panel supporting a floral spray motif set with graduated old brilliant and rose-cut diamonds, collet set within a mount with palmette detailed border highlighted with black enamel, with glazed hairwork panel verso, the mount inscribed to the reverse ‘James Whitehouse, Obt April 28th 1890’, in fitted case signed ‘Wm Wray & Son, 38 New St, Birmingham’, brooch length 58mm, total weight of old brilliant-cut diamonds approximately 3 carats. £3000-4000

Condition Report

The onyx is in good condition. The enamel is fine, with no damage or major wear. The two larger old brilliant-cut diamonds spread at approximately 1.3 carats each, but are rather uneven cuts and appear quite shallow, so may come up light in weight; they have an average estimated clarity of P1. The two smaller old brilliant-cut diamonds weigh approximately 0.5 carats each; they are a little yellower in colour than the larger stones (all diamonds assessed whilst mounted). The rose-cut diamonds are rather uneven cuts, but all present and correct. The mount shows light surface wear, with a little scuffing to the reverse. The clasp of the brooch fitting has been replaced. The case is quite scuffed to the exterior, but the interior is in good condition. Gross weight of brooch 41gm.