In McTear's sale on Tuesday 26th August, thirteen out of the top selling sixteen lots were made of solid metal including silver, brass and iron.

The biggest surprise of the day came was a Victorian Milner's List 2 safe. Milner's was a leading safe maker in the Victorian era and they patented this particular safe in 1842 and it continued in production until into the 1900's. The 'List 2' or 'Church Door Milner' as it is widely known, is the most recognisable of the Milner safes and it is not uncommon. It made a great final hammer price of £750.

The best prices were from our selection of Elkington silver and silver plate. An important silver presentation casket made to Sir John Gilmour with fabulous views of Glasgow landmarks in the panels, it raced to a chart topping hammer price of £3,600. This was closely followed by another piece of Elkington, this time silver plated, the centrepiece  made a hammer price of £2,100.


The feature lot of The Watches and Coins Auction that took place on Wednesday 27th August was  the Tag Heuer Golf watch . After a battle between the phone, the room and online it eventually commanded £420 hammer, over £100 above the upper estimate.

The real stars of the night of McTear's Jewellery sale were the diamonds, with several examples of the classic diamond solitaire ring selling well. A diamond of approximately 1.15 carats, made a fantastic £2400. On the other end of the colour scale are black diamonds that are gathering momentum, often unmounted they are often asked about during viewings,  a pear shaped example that achieved £280 hammer, almost three times its lower estimate.