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Timeline: Antiquities 23 February 2021

Timeline: Antiquities 23 February 2021

Timeline held an auction of antiquities on 23 February 2021. The auction contained a large number of rare and high quality pieces from different periods. The “Sold” price includes a Buyer’s Premium of 27% (including VAT).

The Timeline video gives a flavour of the quality of the items that were auctioned. It’s well worth taking the time to view the full auction catalogue, where many of the lots have detailed historic information.  The catalogue is available here.

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Highlighted Lot

Lot 497, Hedingham Castle Estate Ring

Lot 497 - Hedingham Castle Estate Ring

This ring was found by detectorist Tomasz Krawczuk near the River Colne, between Halstead and Hedingham Castle, Essex in December 2018. It was declared treasure and then disclaimed. It is recorded at PAS under ESS-A69E73

In the video, Tim Wonnacott describes the find and the ring, remarking “It must have been such a thrill for the metal detectorist” and “I might take up detecting myself“.

Estimate: £15,000 – £20,000

Sold: £58,420

Selected lots

Below are my picks from the other lots. 

Lot 0123, Roman Gold Ring with standing female gemstone

A gold ring with clasped hands motif to the inside of the hoop


Estimate: £1,200 – £1,700

Sold: £2,159


Lot 0125, Roman Gold Ring with Cupid and Psyche Gemstone

Psyche was the Greek goddess of the soul, the Roman goddess who protected the maidens, and the wife of Eros.


Estimate: £500 – £700

Sold: £1,270

Lot 0141, Roman Jupiter Statuette

This statuette of Jupiter would have held a sceptre in his left hand and cradled his thunderbolt in his right. The statue may have served as a devotional image in a personal shrine, or used as a votive object offered as a dedication to the god.


Estimate: £18,000 – £24,000



Lot 145, Roman Life-Size Statue Foot of a God or Hero

One of the possible candidates for whose foot it is could be Eros, the god of love


Estimate: £4,000 – £6,000

Sold: £5,334


Lot 151, Roman Silver Patera with Stork Heads

A patera was used during the ritual act of libation, usually at an altar. Both emperors and divinities are frequently depicted, especially on coins, pouring libations from a patera.


Estimate: £2,500 – £3,500

Sold: £2,794


Lot 399, Viking Sword

10th century double-edged cutting sword



Estimate: £3,000 – £4,000

Sold: £10,795


Lot 450, Scandinavian Viking Borre-Style Sword Scabbard Chape

A chape is a is a protective fitting at the bottom of a scabbard.



Estimate: £400 – £600

Sold: £889

Lot 467, Viking Silver Shield Maiden Staff Terminal

A 9th-10th century AD, silver figure of a maiden warrior, which is hollow to receive the end of a shaft



Estimate: £10,000 – £14,000

Sold: £20,320

Lot 471, Anglo-Saxon Gilt Great Square-Headed Brooch

Found near Dullingham, Cambridgeshire. 




Estimate: £2,000 – £3,000

Sold: £3,810

Lot 475, Gothic Silver-Gilt Raven-Headed Buckle

A 5th-6th century AD silver-gilt ‘eagle’ buckle and plate, which was typical of the period of Gothic dominance of the Black Sea region from the 3rd century onwards 


Estimate: £700 – £900

Sold: £10,795

Lot 498, Medieval Gold Twisted Ring with Garnet

A 14th-16th century AD ornate gold ring


Estimate: £1,200 – £1,700

Sold: £1,397

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