The Fellows August Antique & Modern Jewellery sale featured an eye-catching love token from the American Civil War.

An American mid-19th century 18ct gold aquamarine brooch, which had the engraving “to Ellen Stuart, from General Robert Stuart” on the reverse, caught the eye of many bidders at the recent auction held by Fellows. Thanks to this inscription, this piece was believed to have been gifted to Ellen Stuart, wife of General Robert Stuart, who fought in the America Civil War.

Robert Stuart fought in various battles for the Union army throughout the American Civil War, being commended for gallantry at Brandy Station, Virginia in 1863 as Lieutenant. He acted as officer-of-the-day at the Battle of Cedar Creek where he drowned in July 1863.


Moving forward in time to the Art Deco period; a modern piece clearly inspired by this time was lot 505 – an emerald, onyx and diamond dress ring, which sold for £1,500.

More modern pieces such as the items by Cartier sold extremely well. The enduringly stylish LOVE range proved its popularity in this auction achieving high prices. Kutchinsky was another popular designer in this auction – a lady’s 1980s opal faced dress watch sold for £2,600.

Diamonds also sold particularly well across the sale. A diamond line necklace sparked a lot of interest, selling for four times its lowest estimate at £3,400. Diamond stud earrings also drew a lot of attention, while n old-cut diamond, single-stone 18ct yellow gold ring, sold for £5,500.

This auction featured three blue enamel pieces in great condition. All three sold well, achieving over £2,000 each.

The next Antique and Modern Jewellery auction will take place on September 15.

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