Derek, who is based at Ibbett Mosely’s auction rooms in Sevenoaks, has more than 50 years’ experience in antiques and fine art.
“It was very lucky I spotted it. The top of the jug was fairly black, resembling pewter, but following a good clean it revealed a detailed silver patterning overlaid on amethyst-tinted glass. A real gem,” Derek said.
The claret jug went under the hammer yesterday in Sevenoaks. It was expected to fetch more than £1,000, but interest from collectors, dealers and the general public pushed the price up to £1,500.
Another lot, found in the same house as the claret jug, that created interest was a collection of war medals with an interesting provenance. They belonged to Private W A McBain who was sadly killed on the first day of the Battle of Somme in July 1916. The medals sold for £400.
The next sale takes place at the auction rooms in Argyll Road on 22nd June.
Ibbett Mosely has had a team of auctioneers and valuers for 75 years. Staff have a wealth of experience covering all aspects of the market including valuations for probate, insurance, matrimonial and family matters. Regular valuation days are held at the auction rooms in Argyle Road or appointments can be made with Ibbett Mosely experts.
Best known for its residential and commercial property services, Ibbett Mosely offers a complete range of integrated property services, from selling, letting and property management to planning consultancy and design, surveying, architectural services and town planning.
Ibbett Mosely, which has been operating for more than 100 years, has offices in London, Sevenoaks, Otford, Borough Green, Westerham and West Malling and has some of the UK’s most experienced chartered surveyors on their team.
Ibbett Mosely can be contacted on 01732 456731 or go to www.ibbettmosely.co.uk