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Siddington brooches smash auction estimate

Siddington brooches smash auction estimate

Timeline’s auction on 21 February 2023 included several detecting finds including “The Hursley” gold ring and a pair of Anglo Saxon saucer brooches that we have previously featured on this website. The brooches easily surpassed the auction estimate and achieved a hammer price of £19,000. With the buyers premium this means the total price paid will have been £24,700. However, the ring failed to sell in the auction and is being offered at £11,000.

To view any of my selected lots in the auction catalogue click on the lot number. The full catalogue can be found here.

There is a buyer’s premium of 30% (inclusive of VAT) on the hammer price.

Featured lots

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Hursley gold posy ring

Estimate: £15,000 – £20,000

This gold posy ring was found on 26 August 2012 in a field near Winchester, Hampshire. It was recorded at the PAS as HAMP-62C152, declared Treasure and disclaimed. It is in the form of a belt with a buckle and five unused “holes”. The exterior inscription reads +HOPE * IS * MI HOLDE and continues around the interior TILL * HAP * SHALL * HELPE. The auctioneer says “The inscription is somewhat enigmatic and does not seem to have been previously recorded for a posy ring“. It is believed to date from 1500 – 1700.

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“Siddington” Anglo-Saxon saucer brooches

Estimate: £6,000 – £8,000
Hammer: £19000

This pair of saucer brooches were our Featured Find in our PAS review last January: PAS Finds: week ended 14 January 2022. The pair were found in Siddington, Gloucestershire on 17 October 2021 and recorded at the PAS as GLO-6A87D9 and GLO-19B6F2. They are believed to date to AD 450 – 550.

Here is Tim Wonnacott reviewing the brooches for the Timeline auction although he does seem to struggle to finds much to say about them.

Other detecting finds

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Noble of Edward III

Found in Little Horkesley, Essex, it’s a pre-treaty series E noble of Edward III.
Estimate: £2,500 – £3,500
Hammer: £2250
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Penny of Coenwulf

Penny of Coenwulf found near Brookland, Kent in 2022.
Estimate: £1,800 – £2,400
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Two emperors gold shilling

This two emperors gold shilling, or Thrymsa, was found in Essex.
Estimate: £2,000 – £3,000
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