DIAMONDS and a watch worth £40,000 are among historic items set to go under the hammer at a North Yorkshire auction house. 

Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn is set to host a fine jewellery, watches and silver sale on November 13 - featuring antique and period pieces to a selection of contemporary jewellery.

A piece of 17th Century York silver is one of the highlights of the Silver section of the sale.

The Charles II Provincial Silver Puritan Spoon was made by Rowland Kirkby of York circa 1670 - estimated at £2,000 to £3,000.

A Russian Silver Vase by Fabergé is offered with an estimate of £700-£1,000. Marked for Fabergé and Workmaster Jenny Väkevä, it was made in St Petersburg in 1902-1908, and is set with three Russian coins depicting Empress Elizabeth.

Also of interest is a George IV Silver-Gilt Snuff-Box, made by Fentem, Webster and Danby of Sheffield in 1824.

Highly decorated with chased trailing foliage, flowers and lion’s masks, and panels depicting horse racing, it is estimated at £2,500 to £3,500.

According to the inscription, the box was given to a ‘Mr Bowman’ for his efforts establishing racing in Rotherham.

A further lot with Yorkshire interest is an Edward II Silver and Enamel Trophy, made by T. and J. Bragg Ltd of Birmingham in 1906. It was presented by the President of the National Fire Brigades Yorkshire District, The Right Hon the Earl of Londesborough, to the leading fire brigade each year. It is estimated at £1,500 to 2,500.

Plaques recording winning fire brigades include those to Rolls-Royce, Brook Motors Ltd and Rowntree & Co.

Highlights from the antique and period lots in the sale include a beautiful pair of Diamond Hair Slides or Brooches; made circa 1900 and naturalistically modelled as ivy leaves.

They were possibly adapted from a tiara or corsage piece and estimated at £2,000 to £4,000.

A French Diamond and Ruby Evening Purse made circa 1920 by Hartog of Paris, estimated at £6,000 to £8,000.

An Archaeological Revival Style Scarab Bangle made from gold and carnelian is estimated to sell at £4,000 to £6,000.

There is also an impressive collection of opal rings and brooches in the sale, such as the Boulder Black Opal Ring (estimate: £1,200 to £1,800), and a good selection of rubies including a Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring, sold with a certificate stating the origin of the central ruby as Burma. This ring is estimated at £8,000 to £10,000.

Contemporary jewellery in the sale is led by an Aquamarine Pendant by Tom Munsteiner, a German award-winning jewellery designer (estimate: £2,000-3,000), and a Diamond Set Love Bangle by Cartier (estimate: £4,000-6,000).

Leading a fine selection of rare watches in the sale is an extremely fine Omega First Generation Exotic Red Racing Professional Speedmaster - estimated at £40,000 to £60,000.

Made in 1967, the watch has been in the same family since it was purchased from Bagshaws of Liverpool in 1970 and is sold with original paperwork.

This very rare exotic ‘Racing’ dial was produced by Omega in 1967 and 1968, in two generations and three executions in total.

The present lot is a second execution variant, of which only approximately six examples have appeared on the market before.

Two watches by Patek Philippe are also of note. The first being one of the most prestigious and desirable sports watches, a Patek Philippe “Jumbo” Nautilus, made circa 2013 and estimated at £40,000 to £50,000.

The second is a Patek Philippe Annual Calendar, made circa 2009 and estimated at £25,000 to £35,000.

The sale also includes pocket watches, which are led by a good Silver Pair Cased Verge Pocket Watch, signed Windmills, London and made in the early 18th century.

It could go for between £2,000 and £3,000.

A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale can be found on Tennants Auctioneers' website -