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Auction: Jewellery
was auctioned on: 24 January 2019
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A late 19th century replica of the `Alfred Jewel` in silver-gilt

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Estimate: £200 - £300
ca. US$260 - US$391
Price realised:  £2,600
ca. US$3,391
Lot number 1733, Views: 318

A late 19th century replica of the `Alfred Jewel` in silver-gilt; the upper face a polychrome enamelled image of a standing male with a rock crystal cover; the edge of the cell with the text `+AELFRED MEC HEH GEWYRCAN` (Alfred ordered me to be made) with pelletted border above, textured band below; the finial a beast-head with socket emerging from the mouth, with pelletted rim and attachment pin; to the reverse an incised acanthus motif and two suspension rings, 52g, 63 mm (2 1/2") This piece is one of a number of replicas of the Alfred Jewel (original jewel in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) produced during the reign of Queen Victoria, commissioned and distributed by Elliot Stock, a London bookseller and publisher. They were made in silver-gilt (with a few in gold) and were on sale until circa 1903. The Victoria and Albert Museum bought at least three examples to be used by art students for drawing practice. J. Charles Wall wrote in 1900 that 'in commemoration of the millenary of Alfred, Mr. Elliot Stock has reproduced this jewel so that it may be better known than hitherto, and by it to recall the Christian labours of that king'.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms Ltd
Title: Jewellery
Date of the auction: 24 Jan 2019
Address: Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms Ltd
Castle Street 51-61
SP1 3SU Salisbury Wiltshire
United Kingdom
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