Battle to Buy Medal Set

Posted On: 18 Mar 2022 by Rita Kearsey

Smiths Auction Rooms in Newent were absolutely delighted with their sale results from their two antiques auctions on the 17th & 18th of February. During the pandemic prices have soared and it seems that the trend is continuing. A lot of new private buyers have discovered the fun of buying at auctions online, plus dealers are reporting strong sales in their shops  – all indicating the sector is seeing a bit of a boom. Even brown furniture and ceramics, which have generally been subdued sectors of the market for many years, seem to be showing good signs of a recovery. With over one thousand internet buyers registered for the sale it was bound to be a very successful day with vendors thrilled with their results.


Top price in the sale was achieved by a Distinguished Flying Medal set which made £3,100 against a £2000 to £3000 estimate. The excellent result was surely boosted by the additional photographs, logbook and other ephemera which always add significant value to medal groups, as collectors are very interested in the background story. The prices in the Medals and Militaria section were very strong throughout with other highlights including a 19th century dress sword which made £800 and a Military Medal set which made £840.

Even some traditional collectables are achieving prices far and above their pre-sale estimates. For example, a pair of Victorian copper jelly moulds stamped by Temple & Crook made a very surprising £540 whilst a set of five large brass bell weights made £470 – both were estimated at £100 or below.

Elsewhere in the sale the jewellery section produced some excellent results including a fine sapphire and diamond cluster ring which made £3000 and a very attractive ruby and diamond ring which made £2,300. Antique jewellery is always sought after and a Georgian diamond cluster ring estimated at £600 to £800 was pursued to a final hammer price of £1000 by a London jewellery dealer.