‘There’s something in a name’ rings true at July Grantham auction

25th July 2013

The old adage, "there's something in a name" definitely rang true with two other lots to come under the hammer at the auction on July 3 and 4. An 18ct gold gentleman's Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch with President bracelet sold for £4,000 and a William Moorcroft pottery "Cornflower" vase sold for £750.

Rolex is the largest single luxury watch brand and the Oyster Perpetual is one of its most popular models. The President bracelet was introduced in 1956 and was only offered on flagship models. The heavy interlocking links and simple design is instantly recognisable.

The vase by William Moorcroft, an English potter born in Staffordshire in 1872, received a lot of attention too.

Moorcroft studied art in London and Paris and experimented with his own pottery designs whilst working for James Macintyre and Co. He became famous for his Florian Ware and in 1913 set up his own factory in Cobridge. Queen Mary (Queen Elizabeth II's grandmother) made him "Potter to the Queen" in 1928 and this was stamped on his pottery from then on.

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