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 quality George III flame mahogany bookcase bureau
the stepped pediment above the two original shaped mirrored panelled doors enclosing a shelved interior, the forefront base revealing a fitted interior with a combination of eight drawers and five pigeonholes, the four full width drawers with shaped brass back plate swing handles, pull-out slides to receive the fall, raised on bracket feet. 1075 x 570 x 2155.
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 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.
A 18ct. white gold and diamond handmade designer dress ring
in the form of a diamond set open rose, surrounded by a ring of nine brilliant cut diamonds, the split shoulders each set with another six brilliant cut diamonds, TDW 3.57ct., valuation available.
An 18ct. white gold and jade ring
the Fei Cui Type A oval cabachon jade claw set with a single small round brilliant cut diamond to each flared shoulder. Jade certificate available.
A 19thC French Art Nouveau walnut desk
the rectangular top with tooled leather inset, three frieze drawers to each side with original gilt metal Art Nouveau handles, tapered square section legs with fine scroll detail, C-form stretchers to the base with further long rail. 1600 x 1000 x 750. Provenance: Purchased Capocchi Antiques, Melbourne, 2012.
A platinum and diamond Art Deco style clip
the draped and scrolling design profusely set with baguette and round brilliant cut diamonds, the double clip held together by an 18ct white gold pin and hook arrangement so it can be worn as a brooch or two scarf/collar clips, TDW 4.17ct, colour D - G, valuation available.
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.
A pair of 18ct. ruby and diamond drop earrings
oval drop form with central cabochon pear ruby claw set on a mount fully encrusted with round modern brilliant cut diamonds. The 74 diamonds with a TDW 1.69ct., the ruby total weight of 7.37ct., fittings for pierced ears. Valuation available.
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 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.
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 set of four Chinese elm furniture screens
each with an upper panel of pierced designs including complete knots, curvilinear swastikas and 'cracked ice' with scattered blossom and leaves, the lower sections with small panels depicting warriors in landscapes. Each panel with some conforming framing. Each panel 1890 x 485.
A natural Fei Cui type A jadeite pendant
mildly tapered rectangular form, displaying vibrant green inclusions and pale tones, the 14ct. white gold mount with three small diamonds. Jade certificate available.
'Black Rainbow at Matauri Bay', lithograph, signed and dated '88 in pencil, detailed within the plate. 385 x 300.
A Rotherhams London 18ct. gold cased chronograph pocket watch
keyless wind, the white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, railtrack minutes and 300 split divisions, gold hands and blued steel sweep second hand actioned by a stop lever mechanism to the case side. The case hallmarked Birmingham 1900, gold dust cover numbered 27462, matching numbered movement back. 51mm dia case. Total weight 126gms.
An original 28th Maori Battalion personally signed 'Ancient Scroll'
issued for the crossing of the equator, typed and printed, hand coloured, multiple signatures, many further details with towns, regions and tribal affiliations. 345 x 215.
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 9ct. gold cigarette case
the exterior with machine decoration, Greek key to the edge. Birmingham 1925. 98.87gms.
A 19thC artist unknown
portrait of Rewi Maniapoto, oil on canvas, unsigned. 675 x 500. Note: Our vendor's late great-grandfather, George Henry Easthrupp Wells (1864-1960) of Onehunga was at the age of seven 'kidnapped by Maoris and taken to Otorohanga', it is recorded that Mr Wells used to recall 'he saw Sir George Grey, Mr John Sheehand and other members of the government who were negotiating with the Maoris for land for the Main Trunk Railway'. Rewi Maniapoto and Te Wahanui permitted the Main Trunk Railway to enter the King Country, presumably this association is why Henry Wells and family held this work in their collection.
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 natural Fei Cui type A jadeite pendant
of a round pi disc within a conforming hoop, pale green with 18ct. rose gold decorative mount. Hong Kong Kowloon jade certificate available.
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 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.
A 19thC French fruitwood Empire-style display cabinet
tall rectangular form with black lineal and criss-cross detail, pale blue painted interior with two adjustable shelves, raised on tapered square section short legs.
A most unusual Chinese bench seat
formed from a natural burl timber tree trunk section, of asymmetrical shape with natural fissures, the upper surfaces carved with deer, birds and flowers. Approx. 1100 x 760 x 520.
A good 19thC French fruitwood dresser base
the plank top with clenched ends, the two frieze drawers with incised banded detail, the two cupboard doors with shaped panels, original decorative iron hinge detail and escutcheons, carved fan detail to the shaped plinth base.
A rosewood cased bracket clock
the arched face with silvered chapter ring with Roman numerals, Strike-Silent dial above XII, framed by gilt spandrels, the case with ormolu figured mounts and finials and raised on conforming claw feet. The movement striking on a gong. Height 430.
A late 19thC Chinese silver three piece tea set
the lobed cylindrical oval section bodies with decorated panels of chrysanthemum, bamboo and blossom on a fine hammered ground, the handles, spout and finials as sculpted bamboo sections. Punched marks 'YLS' and character mark (Ing Wo). 728gms.
A pair of Japanese Meiji period carved
lacquered and inlaid bone decorated two-panel screens, each with a red lacquered large central panel decorated with carved bone highlights of falcons perched upon blossoming bows, their attention drawn to smaller birds, all within carved frames including exotic bird and floral detail. Each panel 183 x 855 together with the unmounted hinges and casters.
A good quality late Victorian period silver four-piece tea and coffee service
fluted decoration with decorated borders. Sheffield 1896. Total weight 1916gms.
A c.1920s Chinese silver Tack Hing coffee pot and lidded sugar bowl
both with relief embossed and engraved sinuous dragon displaying fine detail on the plain tapered oval section bodies, the lids with further engraved dragons and oval finials, angular handles, the pot with ivory heat rings, stamped maker's marks to base of each. Total weight 897gms. Height of pot 220.
A 19thC lady's kingwood writing bureau
floral inlaid and crossbanded, the fall front containing fitted interior, ormolu mounts.
A superb 19thC ivory handled walking cane
the rosewood shaft with an elaborately carved handle in the form of a lion standing over a scrolling shield, with a horn ferrule. Length 970.
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.
John Samuel Loxton (Aust 1903-69) 'Old Stock Route
North East Victoria', oil on board, signed, 695 x 765.
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 George III ivory and gold nécessaire
of slightly tapering oval section; the hinged lid inset with a miniature pâte-sur-pâte Grecian maiden under domed glass within a gold frame. The interior with a miniature glass ink bottle and two-section gold dip pen. Under the base set with an intaglio agate seal of the muse Urania within a gold frame conforming to the lid. Minor attention required. Height 55.
An 18ct. yellow gold
emerald and diamond cluster ring, the large domed oval top with central small emerald cut emerald in rub-over mount above a pavé set dome of 18 old cut diamonds, decorative mount and cross-over shoulders.
A large taxidermy red deer stag head mount
'Monarch of the Glen', 12-point antlers, width of spread 770. Mounted with rimu shield backing.
Untitled - West Coast landscape - Red Trees, oil on canvas, signed and dated '84. Framed and perspex glazed, 1200 x 915.
A small good quality French greenish-grey paint finished two-seater canape
of Louis VI style with finely carved and pierced decoration, spiral fluted front legs, acanthus leaf terminals to the arms and a lover's knot back rail, with double caned ends and single caned seat and back. Length 1240.
A Barry Brickell pottery large floor pot
the wide ovoid body with long tapered neck and rolled rim, variable dark brown/dark red firing effects. Height 710. Provenance: Purchased by our Blockhouse Bay vendor direct from the potter from his studio, c. 1970s. Firing crack to body.
A 19thC W. MacDonnell of Sydney
Australia, brass telescope on stand, the single draw with maker's name to the fitted plate, screw mounted to a brass and steel tripod vase. Length of body 955. Note: MacDonnell was one of Australia's most noted amateur astronomers.
A Victorian 15ct. gilded yellow gold Etruscan original boxed pendant necklace
the pendant of shaped oval form, the central raised almandine garnet cabochon set with single seed pearls in gold, above an enamelled band, upon a bead and bar decorated body, single tapered drop, the snake type link chain of 440mm length. The original domed oval Morocco leather box with fitted blue velvet lined interior.
A nest of four good quality Chinese rosewood side tables
oblong with carved and pierced dragon designs beneath the top edges, each with a stretcher base, the largest table. 500 x 360 x 660.
A French light grey paint finish armchair of Louis XVI style
with leaf carved detail, turned, carved and fluted front legs and cream linen covers and a loose cushion.
A French mahogany and inlaid desk
the front with three drawers, with Tunbridgeware style decoration, the top inset with gilt tooled leather, raised on four square tapering legs. 1400 x 690 x 800.
A 19thC Chinese travelling folding double chair back folding seat
the plain turned supports with curved back supports and central splats, red lacquered highlights, folding form, the seat with old rope strapping. Note: these seats reputedly used by wealthy farmers/landlords. Provenance: Purchased Hong Kong c.1970s. 1130 x 450 x 1010.