Posted 5 years ago
This beautiful and very ornate magnifying glass was found inside a ball of socks in my Grandfather's house when he passed away, after lots of research and hours upon hours of cross checking makers marks, date letters and essay marks within the hallmarks, I found it to be made by Aide & Lovekin Ltd in 1903. I found another one for sale, although it had actually sold some 12 years ago in 1995 at Christies Auction House in Knightsbridge, London. Here is a link to the lot http://www.christies.com/lotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=565989
Bidding started at £150 although was estimated to be worth between £5000 & £7500. The final selling price was £17,250.
Now I do not know what to do with such an item, as it is clearly valuable, even if only worth a third of what the one at Christies sold for. Do I need to contact my Insurance Company and have it added to the contents cover. If I was to sell it, would one recommend that I put it into a specialist auction (antique silver for instance) or just a general one. Any information on either the Silversmith, The Value (110.5gms total weight) and basically anything else anyone can tell me about this stunning silver magnifying glass!
Thanks in advance