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
An impressive 18ct. yellow and white gold lady's fancy diamond cluster ring
the central claw set heart shaped fancy light yellow coloured diamond of 4.00ct., clarity of VS-2, flanked by two claw set pear shaped cur diamonds totalling 1.02ct, 25 further micro claw set diamonds surrounding the central diamond, TDW of 5.20ct. Valuation available and GIA report on the central stone.
An impressive lady's modern 18ct. yellow and white gold fancy diamond necklace
the pendant front of open scrolling butterfly type design, fully encrusted with fancy yellow and white variously cut diamonds, the main central drop including larger pear and heart cut stones, six further drops, the chain necklace entirely set with alternating fancy yellow and white diamonds. The fancy yellow diamonds of 17.89ct, the white diamonds of 6.65ct, TDW 24.54ct. Valuation available.
A rare and special 19thC Venetian rococo bedroom suite
ex. the estate of Phyllis Brusey of Wellington, comprising a large three section mirrored door armoire with high relief and ornate scroll, floral and mask detail, 2050 x 620 x 2550mm. The bed of conforming ornate style, the headboard with relief carved pair of cherubs to the centre, ornately framed in classical design. 1680 x 100 x 2040mm, the conforming foot board with further cherub pair in a landscape of trees. 1690 x 70 x 1120mm, the Duchess of serpentine form with three drawers to the left and single shaped drawer above the open kneehole section, the tall mirrored back of three panels 1120 x 470 x 2300mm, the commode with ornate tall swing mirrored back, the surmounting pediment with mask in relief of a young woman, the serpentine marble top above the two door serpentine shaped base. 1260 x 680 x 2300mm. Some borer and damage commensurate with age. Note: Phyllis Brusey was a noted N.Z. antique dealer, Wellington based, through a good part of the mid-20thC and director and chairperson of the N.Z. Opera company, her memoirs are recorded in the book she wrote 'Ring Down the Curtain', first published 1973. Mrs Brusey inherited this bedroom suite from her parents and it remained with her for her life even managing to squeeze it into her last home, a penthouse Oriental Bay apartment. It was purchased by our vendor from her estate auction, Wellington c.1980s.
A stylish modern 18ct. yellow gold and multi-fancy yellow diamond set bracelet
the 15 pear linked sections each with a central fancy yellow cut diamond totalling 5.10ct and with each framed by two encircling rows of diamonds, these 574 micro-bead set diamonds totalling 2.93ct. TDW of 8.03ct. Valuation available.
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
An 18ct gold and diamond tennis bracelet
forty-two round brilliant cut diamonds claw set, push clasp with safety chain. Marked 'Cartier 750 7.00ct'. TDW 7.00ct. Valuation available
An 18ct white gold emerald and diamond ring
the 7.00ct emerald step cut emerald claw set and surrounded by eighteen round brilliant cut diamonds, TDW 1.90ct. Valuation available.
18ct white gold and diamond ring
the 3.75ct round brilliant cut diamond bezel set and surrounded by 48 round single cut diamonds with a further diamond to each shoulder, fine tapering shank, TDW 4.10ct. Gemologist report available.
A pair of lady's modern 18ct. yellow gold and fancy yellow coloured diamond earrings
each with a single pear-shaped drop centred by a pear-cut fancy yellow diamond of over 1ct each suspended from a linked marquise cut diamond, with a further pear-cut diamond above of approx. 0.43ct each, 122 further micro-bead set diamonds enhanced. TDW of 3.82ct. Valuation available.
'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 impressive hardwood carved Chinese foo dogs
in traditional crouching stance. 670 x 960 x 1050mm.
A pair of 18ct gold and diamond earrings
an emerald cut black diamond claw set and surrounded by small round brilliant cut diamonds in decoratively pierced mount suspended from a conforming mount set with a princess cut black diamond claw set and surrounded by small round brilliant cut diamonds, (10.60ct TDW, colour-enhanced), (0.91ct TDW), posts for pierced ears. Gemologist report available.
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 18ct. white gold and diamond solitaire ring
the 1.03ct emerald cut diamond claw set with six round brilliant cut diamonds set to each shoulder. TDW 1.24ct. Valuation available.
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.
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 modern 18ct. white gold and multi-diamond set panther pendant
formed in high relief with the panther's head above its crossed front paws, entirely micro-bead set with 865 modern brilliant cut diamonds of TDW 2.42ct. Valuation available.
A lady's 18ct. white gold and diamond set half-hinged bangle
the front set with a central row of 69 recessed set baguette cut diamonds of 1.44ct. flanked by a single row of micro-bead set round brilliant cut diamonds, the 128 totalling 0.77ct. TDW of 2.21ct. Valuation 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.