Auctioneer Cheffins is set to hold its second jewellery, silver and watch auction of 2021, including multiple pieces with royal connections.

The sale will take place at the company’s Cambridge auction house on 26 August.

Mixed in with the 260 high-value jewellery lots are a selection of pieces with connections to the British royals.


First are two early 20th-century mesh style dance purses that belonged to the Right Honourable Countess Spencer, Princess Diana’s paternal grandmother and Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen Mother. The purses come with estimates of £1,000-1,500.

There is also a collection of four early to mid-20th century nécessaires, one of which was gifted to Lady Anne Spencer, Countess Spencer’s daughter and the aunt of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. They are forecasted to fetch £200-400.

The highest value lot in the jewellery section is diamond necklace with an estimate of £12,000-15,000.

Steven Collins, jewellery, silver and watches specialist at Cheffins, said: “This sale sees a comprehensive catalogue featuring both antique and modern jewellery, over 130 lots of silver from across the globe and some very collectable watches.

“Items with royal provenance or those with a good wartime story attached always draw particular attention from collectors and we expect to see a good number of both specialists and private buyers attending the sale.”