Antique pocket watches made in England sold for as little as £10 when a collection went under the gavel at Goulding Young & Mawer’s auction house earlier this month.
The private collection included about 50 pocket watches made by Stead & Pearson of Bradford, Kelly of Louth, William Parker of Repton, John Olivant of Manchester and D Edmonds of Liverpool, among others. The watches were dated from the early to late 1800s.
The top lot was a William IV silver cased pocket watch with Masonic symbols on the dial made in London in 1837. It sold for £420.
At the other end of the spectrum was a silver-plated pocket watch made by Silveram Lever Swiss that sold for just £28 and a fob watch with pearl case and missing hand that achieved a final bid of £10.
Goulding Young & Mawer said that the auction attracted bidders in its local Lincoln area and also from further afield with many travelling in person to see the watches.