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Samurai sword sold for almost four times pre-sale estimate

Cannon’s Auctioneers of Hilton achieved some huge, but satisfactory, discrepancies between pre-sale estimates and actual knock-down prices at its sale of antiques, collectables and art on July 31.

The two major surprises were:

* A World War ll Japanese Samurai sword in a leather-bound scabbard, possibly by Yasumoto Norimitsu, fetched R16000, compared to the top pre-sale estimate of R4500.

* A pair of Victorian ewers (serving vessels) of different origins: the one is solid silver and made by Stephen Smith of London, and the other electroplated and produced by James Dixon & Sons of Sheffield. The pair sold for R19000, almost double the pre-sale estimate of up to R10000.

This pair of Victorian ewers fetched R19 000 at the recent Cannon’s auction in Hilton. Picture: Cannon’s Auctioneers

Other impressive prices fetched at the auction were:

* 9ct gold bracelet, each link set with a gold R1 coin – R19000.

* Victorian 9ct rose gold, fetter link fob chain – R18000.

* 18ct white gold and 10 stone art deco diamond pendant – R28000.

* Victorian oval shaped, quarter veneered burr walnut loo table – R19 000.

* Regency mahogany twin pedestal dining table – R56000.

Cannon’s is now accepting consignments for its next auction on October 1. For more details, call 0333433364, email cannons@futurenet.co.za or see www.cannons.co.za.

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