Card table and jewelry prompt bidding battles

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — In the first session of a Two-Day Estates Auction presented March 28-29 by Willis Henry Auctions, diamonds were still proven to be a ‘girl’s best friend,’ although the top lot of the sale went to a  Boston card table.

The top three lots of an all jewelry auctioned, were two diamond rings and an 18K gold


Platinum and diamond ring, with three mine cut jewels (.78 ct), yellow (1.38 ct), .77 ct cognac diamonds, realized $8,850. (All photos courtesy Willis Henry Auctions)

— with 2 ct brilliant cut diamond — pendant. It realized $6,600 and went to a bidder in the audience. One of the diamond rings, set in platinum, had a yellow, a cognac and a white diamond with almost 3 total cts. It brought $8,850 and the happy bidder wore it home.

Another popular lot of jewelry was an en suite translucent moonstone necklace, bracelet, teardrop earrings, cabochon ring and circular pin, all set in 14K gold. The grouping earned its top estimate of $2,000. An unusual Georg Jensen bracelet with green tourmaline centers surpassed its estimate of $250-$350 to finish at $1,062 with the buyer’s premium.

Navajo and Zuni silver and turquoise jewelry was competitively bid and most lots brought above high estimate. Especially desirable, was an early pawn bracelet with 5 rows of 21 pettipoint color matched turquoise stones. Estimated to bring $300-$400 it realized $940 with the buyer’s premium. A 26” long squash blossom necklace also brought double the high estimate at $620.

As was mentioned, the high mark of the auction was a Boston card table, which fetched $30,600. The table was originally part of the Bonney Estate of Hanover, Mass. At one time, the Bonney Twins were the oldest living twins in America.

In addition, a landscape painting showing Mt. Mansfield, signed and dated 1864 sold for $4,700, while a larger, still life of chrysanthemums in a pitcher, brought $2,000.

For more information, visit The next Willis Henry auction is scheduled for August 1-2 in Manchester, NH. It will feature the Folk Art/Americana collection of Howard and Flo Fertig.

Boston card table

Boston card table, serpentine top, mahogany and satinwood veneer, original finish, banded inlay, with satinwood, ebony and end grain mahogany, sold for $30,600.