A Victorian silver 12-place setting
Fiddle & Thread cutlery service, double struck, comprising 12 tablespoons, 12 table forks, 12 dessert spoons, 12 dessert forks, 12 table knives with silver handles and Sheffield steel blades, 12 entrée knives as above, four sauce ladles, four salt spoons, two large serving (pie) spoons, two butter knives, small sauce ladle and a pair of sugar tongs. Mixed dates, mainly Victorian, includes George IV. Total weight approx. 6.5 kilos.
An historically interesting German naval dress sword presented to Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Rahmlom. Rahmlow gained infamy from a unique incident of capitulation when in August 1941 as Kapitänleutnant of the WWII German submarine U-570 under attack he surrendered
unnecessarily in hindsight, and allowed his craft to be captured. The event was a critically important action with potential Enigma code material onboard as well as supplying the Allies with a German craft which enabled consideration of it's design. The capture of U-570 was considered sensational news by Churchill, especially considering the Bismarck had been sunk exactly three months earlier to the day, Churchill wrote in his book 'The Second World War' specifically on U-570 and the accompanying boost in British hopes. The action, crew interrogation, incarceration, Court of Honour action against Rahmlow and other dramatics are documented in numerous publications but a broad picture is painted by the Wiki site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Graph. The sword bears an 80cm pipe-back blade in fine damascus and gold-wash with etched panels incorporating bluing to the presentation inscription as a prize to Rahmlow from the Chiefs of Naval Command for Gunnery and dated 1934. The gilded hilt with fouled anchor guard, lion head pommel with inset bi-colour 'jewelled' eyes, wire bound ivorine hilt and with attached bullion portepee. With gilt brass mounted leather scabbard. Provenance: the estate of Capt. Andrew Douglas Holden RNZNR, OBE, DSC, RD. (Cf. lot 162)
A lady's modern 18ct. white gold and diamond tennis bracelet
the 37 round modern brilliant cut diamonds claw set in individual link settings. TDW 4.48ct. Valuation available.
A quality Chinese rosewood display unit
a combination of eight doors and three galleried shelves above three secret base drawers, restrained blossom bow and bamboo carving in relief, plain column supports. 1285 x 380 x 2180.
A large N.Z. pounamu river boulder
one face polished showing good dark green tone with mid-green inclusions, the serpentinite oval boulder of approx. 100 kilos. 650 x 480 x 250.
A large and impressive Lladro porcelain sculpture of a Venetian gondola
the gondolier stands on the stern, three passengers sit before him, manufacturer's marks, no. 3451, artist's signature: J. Ruiz and F. Català, raised on plinth base, with certificate. 780 x 160 x 375.
An estate platinum and diamond solitaire ring
the 1.38 ct early modern round brilliant cut diamond claw set in a filigree engraved mount, colour N - P, clarity SI1, old valuation available.
'Black Rainbow at Matauri Bay', lithograph, signed and dated '88 in pencil, detailed within the plate. 385 x 300.
An 18ct gold
pearl and ruby brooch, this delightful brooch in the form of three birds sitting on a branch, lustrous smokey grey baroque pearls form the bodies with the head and wings in gold, small rubies for the eyes, the gold branch has small rubies forming flower clusters, 17.1gms.
An early 1920s vintage violin
made by Frank R Knight of Reigate, UK, 1923 (No.25), with internal label, together with case and bow. Insurance valuation of $3500.
A Colonial kauri bookcase chiffonier
the tall top with two arched glazed doors, stepped ogee pediment, carved corbel supports, four adjustable shelves with tooled leather aprons, the base with two shaped frieze drawers above two panelled doors, conforming corbel supports, plinth base. 1345 x 520 x 2450. Provenance: Previously sold by Cordy's as part of a NZ colonial furniture collection from an historic Remuera homestead.
A 9ct. gold cigarette case
the exterior with machine decoration, Greek key to the edge. Birmingham 1925. 98.87gms.
A French kingwood and marquetry inlaid antique style display cabinet
tall rectangular form, mirrored back, glazed sides and two front doors flanking the narrow glazed section, the base panels with floral inlay, ormolu mounts, short splayed legs, Wedgwood type plaque mounted to the lower mid-panel.
A pair of good quality Chinese coloured ivory tusk sections
carved and pierced in deep relief with figures in a garden. Height on original wood stand with silver wire inlay 2150. Both with character marks beneath.
An impressive 18ct. white gold large single amethyst and diamond pendant
the triangular mixed cut amethyst weighing 59.5ct., the 128 highlighting diamonds with TDW of 0.90ct., cord necklace attached. Valuation available.
A large taxidermy red deer stag head mount
'Monarch of the Glen', 12-point antlers, width of spread 770. Mounted with rimu shield backing.
A large pounamu Nephrite boulder
oval form, cut in half, showing mid-green mottled tones with darker inclusions. Approx. 65 kilos. 600 x 330 x 250. 6g kg
A vintage Italian bronze and simulated pietra dura marble table
c.1970s, the simulated marble long rectangular top with dominant black centre panel highlighted with a diamond centre and outer banded border in mottled orange and red tones with further black banded highlights; the gilded bronze frame with fine reeded rim supported on X-form legs joined by a rod stretcher. 1235 x 530 x 755. Provenance: Purchased from Capocchi Antiques, Melbourne, 2011.
A Georgian silver chocolate pot
of traditional form with high domed lid, fruitwood handle, marks to base rubbed. 677gms. Height 230.
A good quality late Victorian period silver four-piece tea and coffee service
fluted decoration with decorated borders. Sheffield 1896. Total weight 1916gms.