Is Manchester Home to a Jewel in the Crown?

February 27, 2015

Lyon & Turnbull one of the UK’s longest established fine art and antiques auction houses, is teaming up with America’s oldest auction house Freeman’s, to visit Manchester on 2nd March as part of a UK valuation tour focusing on fine jewellery and watches.


The event is taking place;

02 March  | 10am to 4pm | MacDonald Townhouse Hotel, 101 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6DF

Trevor Kyle

The team of experts will include Trevor Kyle, Director and Ruth Davis, jewellery expert, from Lyon & Turnbull.   They will be joined by Virginia Salem, Freeman’s Vice President and International Jewellery specialist. All have a solid reputation for high-value sales of fine jewellery, gems and watches in both the US and UK.   They have opted to come to Manchester believing the city could be home to hidden gems that may raise a tidy sum for their owners at international auction.


Ruth DavisRuth Davis of Lyon & Turnbull said: “This is our first trip to Manchester as part of a UK valuation tour and we are incredibly excited about what may be uncovered.  We are confident we’ll discover some very interesting pieces that will prove to be highly attractive lots within our international auctions.  The UK city tours always uncover some wonderful surprises often with people, unknowingly, having a fortune sitting in their jewellery boxes.  Recently in Edinburgh an individual had a coral necklace they were looking to sell.  I was expecting a single strand of coral beads valued at around £150 however, upon opening a large dinner plate size box I found a stunning 19th century carved coral and gold mounted necklace and matching earrings. Each coral drop was beautifully carved as a Bacchanalian mask or acorn; a fantastic piece of antique jewellery that well exceeded its estimate to eventually sell for £13,750 at auction.  (See below) Well worth the visit to us.”


Virginia SalemVirginia Salem of Freeman’s “My visits to the UK are always interesting.  In the US there is a fascination with British historical pieces and yet we also have differing tastes – what may sell to an American client would not hit the spot with a British client. In the UK there is a current trend towards Art Deco or `Downton Abbey` style pieces that tend to be angular, where as in the US larger more elaborate pieces are proving to be very popular at sale.  Something you think may not be ‘of the moment’ here in the UK, may well be coveted in the US as a must have item.”


During the event on March 2nd/3rd the experienced team of specialists will be on hand to view jewellery and watches from all periods, giving dedicated personal advice and complimentary valuations.  If an individual is subsequently keen to take their piece to auction, Lyon & Turnbull and Freeman’s innovative, thoughtful marketing and a deep understanding of the world of art and antiques will offer an unparalleled auctioneer service.


Lyon & Turnbull and Freeman’s host four specialist auctions a year dedicated to fine jewellery and watches. These auctions present a global stage assuring the highest level of success.


These are open valuation days, however, if you prefer to make an appointment or would like further information please contact Ruth Davis on 0131 557 8844.


Lot 142 Select Jewellery & Watches | Sale 395 | November 2013

An impressive 19th century carved coral and gold mounted necklace and pendant earrings    

395-142 Coral Necklace (1)

the broad fine woven gold neck band with similar woven drapes forming tiered compartments of graduated fringes framing carved coral, acorns, palmettes, and Bacchanalian masks, apparently unmarked, together with a pair of pendant earrings, later hoop fittings carved coral palmette terminal, to a bar with applied bead and wire work, further suspension of woven gold wire forming tiered compartments containing further carved coral acorns, palmettes and Bacchus mask, all in original fitted box with retailers label for Bolten of Naples

Length 43cm, length of drop at centre 5.7cm, earrings 6.5cm long

Sold for £13,750

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