Rare Rolex watch and unusual gin bottle sold at auction in Northamptonshire

The 1940s Rolex Jump Hour wristwatch
The 1940s Rolex Jump Hour wristwatch

A rare Rolex watch and a 19th century gin bottle found at Cold Higham have been sold at auction.

The valuation event was run by Hansons Auctioneers, and the watch and bottle were two highlights in recent specialist auctions, both from vendors in the Northampton area.

The Victorian gin bottle, modelled on an old fisher woman

The Victorian gin bottle, modelled on an old fisher woman

The Cold Higham auction venue attracts people from across the county and the star lot of a specialist decorative arts auction was a 1940s Rolex Jump Hour wristwatch which made £6,800.

The watch is unusual for the fact that it does not have an hour hand, but instead shows the hour with a mechanical window in the 12 o’clock position. The watch generated world-wide interest, and after competition between bidders on the internet and in the room, sold to a UK buyer.

Another unusual and rare object uncovered by valuers was an early Victorian stoneware gin bottle. Modelled as an old fisher woman holding a bottle, it was inscribed underneath with the name of the manufacturer Frederick Wetherill and dated 1839.

This type of rare and unusual item is known as a reform flask as they often depicted political figures.

The bottle generated a wide amount of interest, eventually selling over the internet for £1,400.

Free valuation days are held at Cold Higham, near Towcester, every month. A team of specialists is on hand to advise on antiques and collectibles. The next valuation day will be on Wednesday May 13 at Cold Higham Village Hall, Banbury Lane, Cold Higham, NN12 8LR. Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers www.hansonsauctioneers.co.uk.