30 October 2007,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 438
Estimate GBP 400 - GBP 600
A Kelsterbach silver-mounted needlecase and whistle
Modeled by Vogelmann as a lady's arm clad in a blouse sleeve holding a bunch of grapes, the hand and grapes pierced to form a whistle, the screw cover engraved with concentric circles -- 3 1/8 in. (7.8 cm.) long
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Date should read circa 1765 not 1865.
Harry Williams-Bulkeley on everything from cutlery to candelabras and sourcing that show-stopping centrepiece
When the Atocha sank in a hurricane nearly 400 years ago, hopes of recovering its extraordinary cargo of treasure seemed lost