Wednesday June 3, 2020

Victorian oddities and silver novelties for upmarket tastes

Matthews’ online sale this week offers an eclectic mix of unusual trinkets and fine jewellery

10th May, 2020
Russian silver hippopotamus with gem eyes

Anyone for a a Russian silver caviar dish? A carved tape measure featuring a lady milking a cow? A glass dome-encased gravity clock? Or might a BA leather Concord luggage tag bring back happy memories? The 500 lots in Matthews’ sale this week encompass close to everything one might expect to find under an upmarket roof.

A silver rarity is a Victorian automaton that reveals a pop-up bird with musical accompaniment, in original working order...

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