Ewbank's jewellery specialist Andrea Machen, a member of the Society of Jewellery Historians, delighted to have been entrusted with their sale commented:"This is one of the best historical collections of jewellery to come on to the auction market in Surrey for some years. I am fascinated by much of the jewellery that comes in for sale, but this sale is exceptional."

The sale features a collection of Byzantine pendants. From the 17th to the early 19th centuries, the cross was the most fashionable form of pendant in Byzantine, Latin and Maltese form, all of which were particularly popular in England.

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Tomorrow's sale features an 18th century example in Byzantine form set with a central emerald with an estimated weight of 0.9 carats which is estimated at £400-600.

A Regency Latin cross dating from around 1820, worked in a cannetile setting, with pink topaz, emeralds and pearls is estimated to fetch between £1 000-1 500.

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As well as these historical jewellery pieces, the sale has a fine collection of wristwatches and pocket watches, including a rare triangular-shaped Masonic fob watch with import marks for Glasgow, 1930.

Instead of numerals marking the hours, the mother of pearl dial is decorated with coloured Masonic symbols and is marked "Love your fellow man/lend him a helping hand." The rare piece holds an estimate of £1 000-1 500.

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