A gold coloured 18th-Century pocket watch is just one of the time pieces which will soon be auctioned at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.
The watch is one of a collection of 32 timepieces, collected by Ray Butcher, a Kent horologist. The collection also has 23 carriage clocks, and the total estimated value is around £20,000.
The managing director and auctioneer of The Canterbury Auction Galleries, Tony Pratt, stated that Mr. Butcher had lived in the area for about 40 years, and was a family man. Pratt added that they were pleased that their auction house had been selected to sell his collection of timepieces. The late Mr. Butcher had been a member of the Antiquarian Horological Society, and had also built up his own construction business.
The 18th-Century watch was made by John Cater of London, and has a case made of green shagreen and gilt metal cover. A plain metal case is on the inside, gold coloured and holds a centre case which has a background of pyramids, attendants and two classical figures. Its estimated value is between £1,000 and £1,500.
Another watch to be included in the sale is a Thomas Mudge of London pocket watch. A George III green and silver verge piece, it has an estimated value of £1,000 to £1,500. The sale is due to take place in April.
Collectors may want to display items like this on an antique bedside cabinet, which can be found at local antiques dealers.
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