For those with an interest in shipping, sailing and the open seas this carefully curated collection of maritime-themed silver cases, lots 406 to 463 on our forthcoming Jewellery & Silver auction, will offer plenty of interest. Curated by a private Greek collector over the past 40 years, the collection shows a good variety; from private and racing yachting to the commercial giants of the cruise liner world such as P&O and The White Star Line – whose fleet famously included the Titanic.
Commercial cargo liners are also well represented by their enamel burgees and other regulated forms of identification picked out in coloured enamels on a number of the pieces.
Private yacht owners also had a range of silver items relevant to their interest. The compacts and cigarette cases in a number of instances use the International Flag codes to spell out initials and names.
Souvenirs also form a part of the collection such as the napkin rings and desk inkwells, which have the unusual feature of having watches in the covers.