An important and unique memento and collection of archival material associated with Sir Edmund Hillary
Mt. Everest and Antarctica. A stone collected by Hillary on the first ascent of the summit of Mt. Everest May 29th, 1953, mounted in a Nepalese brooch/pendant. The 'Hillary Stone' to the centre of a cross framed by an open circular mount set with small turquoise and coral cabochons. With a 2003 signed and witnessed letter of authentication and provenance - this stone was gifted by Sir Ed to his brother Rex and thence by descent to Rex's son John, our vendor. Also accompanying this lot: Eight manuscript and typescript letters to Rex and Jenny Hillary 14 March, 8 April, 20 May and 11 July 1953; 10 May and 2 July 1954; to Mary Davis 30 June 1953; to John Hillary 3 October 1957. Telegram to Rex Hillary 5 Feb 1957; Postal Souvenir Cover T.A.E. Scott Base to Suzanne Hillary 11 Jan 1957; formal printed appreciation card Hillary’s parents to Jim & Mary Davis 5 Jun 1953; six Hillary family postcards; signed and inscribed 1st edition copy (1961) of 'No Latitude For Error'. Notably the 20th May 1953 (days before the first ever ascent) air letter from Camp IV Advanced Base on Everest details weather delays to ascent route establishment, concern regarding oxygen equipment viability, expression of wishes should he die and admiration of his fellow climbers. See also https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12202329 And:https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/letters-written-sir-edmund-hillary-days-before-ascending-mt-everest-go-auction-block?variant=tb_v_1
An impressive large carved ivory oval presentation tray
most probably Dieppe, third quarter 19th century. Carved in highly detailed relief with over 90 individual characters and animals. The central cartouche depicting a tented medieval market scene with numerous purveyors and customers engaged in lively transactions; strips of ivory veneer radiate from the cartouche to a border of six panels carved with representations of folk involved in strolling, revelry, pastimes, dance, entertainment and belligerence, each panel separated by a neo-classical symbolic figure. 660 x 550mm
A pair of George III silver trays
oval piecrust rimmed with bead and husk edge, raised on four ball and claw feet. Both engraved with period coat-of-arms: Sinister, quarterly, in the I and IV a chevron gules betw three roses, in the II and III, or, three griffin's heads erased on a chevron vert; impaling Dexter, on a chevron betw three boars' heads couped, three roundels or. One London 1776 by John Carter II (worked c.1760-1790) 450 x 345mm, 1854gm, the other London 1783 by John Crouch I & Thomas Hannam 1880gm
An impressive lady's estate large aquamarine and diamond set dress ring
the oval facet cut aqua-marine of approx. 15 x 12 x 6mm (7ct.), in rub-over mount framed by an encircling band of 18 old brilliant cut diamonds in bead and rub-over settings, basket mount below. Valuation available.
A decorative Victorian cast iron garden bench seat in the manner of Coalbrookdale
the back panel with a hunting dog amongst ferns and florals and an oval panel flanked by two further floral decorated panels, bird decorated arms, curving five panel wood plank bolted seat, vintage dark red paint. 1265 x 550 x 790mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A 14ct gold tanzanite and diamond tennis bracelet
nineteen oval cut violet blue tanzanites claw set and alternating with two small round brilliant cut diamonds (38), clasp with two safety catches. TTW 14.60ct, TDW 0.81ct. Gemologist report available.
A 14ct gold and diamond trilogy halo ring featuring
three round brilliant cut blue diamonds (3.73ct TDW, colour enhanced), claw set, and surrounded by 34 round brilliant cut white diamonds (0.33ct TDW). Gemologist report available.
A contemporary pounamu mere
by Richard Moore, fashioned from Marsden Flower jade, the butt knob of fluted fan shape. L.340mm.
A pair of Edwardian gold
silver and diamond set fox head cufflinks, each with two fox's heads linked by a twisted rail link, each head fully encrusted with old mine cut diamond and ruby set eyes. 6.3gm. L.13mm.
A lady's estate 18ct. yellow gold and platinum solitaire diamond ring
the 1.03ct. modern brilliant cut round diamond with valuation grading as J-L colour, V.S.2-S.I1 clarity and of good make, the six claw setting with coronet mount. Stone details engraved to interior of band.
'How I won the VC at Massines (sic) Pte J Carroll VC', oil on paper, signed lower left Hy Royall, bears unique inscription written by Pte. John Carroll: 'How I won the VC at Massines (sic) Pte J Carroll VC, captured a machine gun & killing four Germans & saving a mate from being killed by one of Germans', bears label verso: '24 Carroll V.C. How I won the V.C. at Messines', 740 x 520 mm. Note: John Carroll (1891–1971) soldier, labourer and railway employee, was born in Brisbane. Carroll embarked for England in August 1916 with reinforcements for the 44 Battalion, then transferred to the 33 Battalion. On June 3rd, 1917 the Australian Division under Major General John Monash, including 33 Battalion, took part in the battle of Messines Ridge, a strategic and well-fortified position held by the Germans since 1914. Preparations for the Messines offensive had been done over a year earlier with the development of deep tunnels under the German lines which, by the time of the attack, housed over 930,000lbs of high explosive in over 20 enormous mines. The Australian Division was charged with the capture of the southern shoulder of Messines Ridge, the far right of the Allied push. At 3.10am on the morning of 7 June, 19 of the mines were detonated, virtually destroying the ridge and much of the German front line, accompanied by a creeping barrage of heavy artillery followed closely by the Australian infantry troops. Historian Charles Been wrote that following the detonation of the mines ‘… the only point at which resistance worthy of the name had been felt was… on the extreme right.’ Unlike other units in the Allied offensive pushing through and initially shocked and demoralised German front line, sections of the 33 Battalion met spirited resistance as it moved forward on the extreme right flank. Carroll immediately rushed the enemy trenches. For his actions Carroll was awarded the Victoria Cross. The recommendation for the award reads: ‘For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In the battle of Messines Ridge on June 7 Pte. John Carroll Acted as a mopper-up. Immediately the barrage lifted he rushed the enemies’ trench and bayoneted four Germans. He then noticed a comrade in difficulties with one of the enemy and he at once proceeded to his comrade’s assistance and killed the German. He continued working ahead with grim determination and wonderful fearlessness and came across a machine gun and team of four men in a shell hole; they offered resistance but single-handed he attacked the entire team, killed them all and captured of the gun. Later two of his comrades were buried by a shell, in the spite of very heavy shelling and machine gun fire he extricated them. During the 96 hours the battalion was in the line Pte. Carroll displayed most wonderful courage and fearlessness. Each night he went out wiring in front of the new line ended excellent work. On two occasions he brought wounded men back to our line. His magnificent example inspired the whole battalion. Caroll who was known among his A.I.F. comrades as ‘The Wild Irishman’ was casual and happy go lucky by nature. He missed three dates for his investiture of the V.C. and had to be sent for on the fourth occasion. After the ceremony he amused himself by exercising the Victoria Cross winners' right to turn out the Buckingham Palace guard. He was also known as ‘Referendum Caroll’ because he really said anything but 'Yes' or 'No'. In 1956, Carroll was a member of the Australian contingent for the V.C. Centenary celebrations in London. He died on 4 October 1971 and was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth with full military honours. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
A pair of lady's modern 18ct. white gold and multi-diamond set drop earrings
the two clusters with a single claw set diamond between, each cluster with a central setting of five baguette diamonds totalling 0.93ct framed by micro-bead set modern brilliant cuts, these 70 diamonds totalling 0.63ct., TDW of 1.56ct. Valuation available.
A finely carved and stained ivory Japanese set of the seven gods of Luck and Good Fortune
'Shichi Fukujin', each symbolising a virtue; Honesty, Fortune, Dignity, Amiability, Longevity, Happiness and Wisdom. Each of approx. H.100mm and raised on a stepped and polished hardwood stand. L.410mm.
John Gully (1819-88)
'Head of the Godley River', watercolour heightened with white, signed lower left. 320 x 570mm.
An 18ct white gold tanzanite and diamond ring
the 4.06ct rectangular cushion cut purplish blue tanzanite claw set and surrounded by twelve brilliant cut diamonds, TDW 0.23ct. Gemologist report available.
An 18ct. yellow gold gent's Chaplin & Sons of London full hunter pocket watch
stem wind, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and subsidiary seconds, maker's details to back plate and No. 1651, working order. 108gm. Dia.50mm.
An 18ct gold cased half-hunter pocket watch by Dent
keyless wind three-quarter plate fusée movement, engraved 'Watchmaker to the Queen, 61 Strand, London'. S/N 51047, the case and face with matching number. White enamel dial with Roman numerals, railtrack minutes, subs seconds dial at VI. Total weight 115gm.
A good early/mid-20thC Maori figure carved lamp base
the stylised figure with red painted open mouth and extended tongue, linial and notched carved highlights, paua inset eyes, raised on a geometric diamond carved block base with stepped plinth, vintage stylised Maori decorated shade in koru type design, the base with original ebonised finish of height 520. Height overall 730m. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An early 1900s spelter figurine on stand of Don Juan
he stands in court dress in haughty pose holding his sword, the highly decorative spelter column raised on four substantial feet in the form of bearded faces. Total H.2000. H.of figure 940mm.
A 19thC Swift Badollet 18ct. yellow gold 'Captain's' full hunter pocket watch
the white enamel dial with twin standard watch dial and a third subsidiary seconds dial, centre sweep split seconds hand operating from the side slide button, the dial with maker's details, the interior back cover with armorial of a shield incorporating three picks surmounted by an eagle displayed, the interior back cover engraved 'Examined by E.J. Dent, 82 Strand', and with four winding holes, the movement engraved with maker's name. 89gm. Dia.51mm.