Valentine’s Day Inspiration
The 14th February; the ‘Feast of Saint Valentine,’ or as most people recognise it today ‘Valentine’s day,’ is now rapidly approaching! Originating as a Western Christian feast day honouring martyred Saint Valentine, lovers all over the world now celebrate their love for one another with cooked dinners, evenings out, or gifts.
According to History.co.uk, legend states that Valentine was a priest serving during third century Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
In honour of the brave saint who fought to protect marriage and ultimately love, we hope you all appropriately spoil your partners next Thursday. For anyone looking to the auctions for a special gift, we’ve put together our top picks from the upcoming Golding Young and Mawer Bourne auction tomorrow (Wednesday 13th February) for you below;
A stunning Zenith 18ct gold EL Primero 18ct gold gentleman’s chronometer wristwatch, No 203, Serial No 30.1950.400, on a leather strap, with service book, boxed and outer boxed. Estimate: £3,000 – £4,000 VIEW NOW
A simple but classic design: MDM Hublot Automatic gentleman’s stainless steel cased wristwatch, circular tooled cream dial, with date aperture, 1581.1, No 418921, the case with a brushed appearance on a gate bracelet with snap clasp. Estimate: £700 – £1,000 VIEW NOW
For the practical man in your life: A Bally brown leather gentleman’s briefcase, 38cm W. Estimate: £70 – £100 VIEW NOW
We admit this one mostly only works if he’s a fisherman, but then they tend to be the hardest to buy for! A painted tin wall mounted figure of a pike, 126cm L. Estimate: £100 – £120 VIEW NOW
A beautiful bespoke set of Manfli golf clubs, with accessories and bags. Estimate: £50 – £80 VIEW NOW
A truly special piece she’s sure to love: A tanzanite diamond and platinum ring, the oval cut tanzanite in a surround of brilliant and emerald cut diamonds, with diamond set shoulder, tanzanite approx 1.2cts, size P, 5.5g. Estimate: £800 – £1,200 VIEW NOW
You won’t find this on the high street: A George V gold half sovereign 1913, in a 9ct gold pendant frame with a heart shaped surround, on a fine link chain, 13.8g. Estimate: £140 – £180 VIEW NOW
Two for the price of one: An 18ct gold and diamond set butterfly pendant on chain, 3.6g, together with a heart-shaped pendant, initial engraved on a 9ct gold chain, 4.3g. Estimate: £80 – £120 VIEW NOW
For the woman who already has too much jewellery (if that’s possible!): A Victorian coromandel and brass bound travelling box, the lid with inset brass monogram, opening to reveal a morocco leather interior with fitted compartments, tray and semi-secret drawer with writing slope, Morden & Company Lock, 19cm H, 32cm W, 24cm D. Estimate: £70 – £100 VIEW NOW
An intricate and completely unique Art Nouveau 9ct gold and sapphire pendant on chain, together with a swallow bar brooch set with seed pearls, 6.4g all in. Estimate: £50 – £80 VIEW NOW
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