Exclusive AML Member's Coronation Auction
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Exclusive AML Members Coronation Auction
The AML is proud to present a fundraising Auction exclusively to its Members in joyous anticipation of the Coronation of our King. Not only does this auction give Members a special opportunity to acquire pieces of history, but ensures that vital funds can be raised to enable us to continue our work in upholding our system of constitutional monarchy and defend the Crown against a government with an active republican agenda.
With tempting Lots spanning across all price points, we know that our Members will dig deep and bid generously.
The Auction opens on the 31 March and closes on 21 April 2023. Please ensure that bids and enquiries are submitted by 11:59pm on Friday 21 April 2023 to [email protected]
A signed presentation portrait of King Charles III, dated 1990
Signed portraits are only given to reward personal service to members of the royal family, and are extremely desirable to collectors, being unique symbols of favour and gratitude for services rendered. Members of the royal family do not sign autographs for members of the public; thus, their autographs are extremely sought after. Whether sitting on your desk or adorning a side table, few royal items could be more impressive than this.
Contained in a magnificent, domed frame bound in green leather and embossed with the Prince of Wales’ Feathers in gold, this regal portrait of the King when Prince of Wales is signed “Charles” on the mount and dated 1990 in his hand. The frame was made by Andrew Soos of T. A. Benedek Ltd, London, Leather Goods Manufacturer by Royal Appointment to the Prince of Wales. Condition: Very Good.
Bidding starts at $1250.
A Charles, Prince of Wales royal presentation wallet by Gerald Benney
This wallet, which bears a sterling silver disc engraved with the Prince of Wales feathers upon the finest leather, was given by King Charles III to a senior vice-regal staff member whilst on a royal visit to Canada. It has never been used and retains the original box. Condition: Mint.
Gerald Benney CBE (1930-2008) is considered one of the most important silversmiths of the second half of the 20th century. Holding four Royal Warrants, Benney was the silversmith of choice for the late Queen and King Charles III. His work is represented in the collections of the V&A Museum, the Royal Collection and the British Museum, amongst others.
Bidding starts at $300.
A pair of Queen Elizabeth II royal presentation cufflinks in gold
This pair of solid 9ct gold cufflinks, emblazoned with the EIIR cypher of Elizabeth II in red and blue enamel, was made exclusively for the late Queen by Longmire, Jewellers by Royal Warrant. Each solid gold panel has chamfered corners and measures 15x10mm linked with a gold chain.
Only sustained and distinguished service to the late Queen and the royal family justify the presentation of cufflinks such as these. According to an Extra Equerry to Elizabeth II, only 10 such pairs were made. They are encased in their original presentation box covered in Morocco leather with a gilt tooled royal cypher on the lid. Fully hallmarked on the reverse. Condition: Very Good.
Provenance: Gifted to Cyril Dickman MVO RVM, who served The Queen faithfully as butler for over 50 years. These elegant cufflinks are destined to become an heirloom worthy of being handed down the generations.
Bidding starts at $4500.
A Trinket Box gifted by Elizabeth II, Christmas 2014
Every year of her reign, the late Queen gave gifts to senior members of the royal household at Christmas, following a tradition started by her grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary. As with all royal presentation gifts made for Her Majesty, this gift is of superb quality, and was never available for purchase by the general public.
This round silver-plated trinket box was given to members of the Royal Household in 2014 as a Christmas gift by Queen Elizabeth II. It bears her royal cypher etched into the centre of the lid, surrounded by deep blue enamel, and comes with it’s original protective cloth bag and presentation box. A nice royal memento which is both decorative and functional, it has barely seen any use.
Bidding starts at $400.
A Set of Champagne Flutes & Tray, gifted by Elizabeth II, 2007
This handsome gift was presented to members of the royal household in 2007. The Champagne flutes are etched with the royal cyphers of the late Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November 2007. The silver-plated tray is likewise etched with the crowned EIIR cypher of Elizabeth II, and the flutes and tray are contained in their original satin-lined fitted box. To add to the significance of the gift, it is accompanied by a gift card from Her Majesty.
This royal gift is perfect for a special occasion, such as toasting our new King and Queen on Coronation Day!
Bidding starts at $650.
A Fabergé cigarette case
Above Left & Right: Cabochon sapphire thumb piece, mounted in gold.
Above Centre: Faberge hallmarks to the gilded interior
A Fabergé silver cigarette case of rectangular form and linear reed design, the thumb piece set with a cabochon sapphire mounted in gold. This elegant example of Fabergé’s work was made by the firm’s Moscow branch between 1896 and 1908. The interior is marked on each side of the silver-gilt interior with the makers mark K Fabergé in Cyrillic, Moscow, 84 zolotniks (a Russian unit of weighing silver, indicating it is 91.66% pure).
Carl Fabergé is considered the greatest goldsmith of the 20th century, famed for his exquisite craftsmanship and technical brilliance. In 1885, Fabergé was appointed goldsmith to the Tsars, most notably producing 50 Imperial Easter eggs for Tsar Alexander III and his son, Tsar Nicholas II (the last Tsar of Russia).
The largest extant historical collection of Fabergé is held today by King Charles III, with over 900 pieces in the Royal Collection. Charles III is the first British sovereign to be of direct Romanov descent, through his father Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Fabergé's work is still as highly prized today as it was when it was produced. This is a special opportunity to acquire a piece of history for the benefit of our cause. For non-smokers, this would make an impressive card case for business cards, and would surely impress any lover of decorative arts or luxury accoutrements.
Condition: Very good. Provenance: Sotheby's Belgravia, 22nd of April 1976, Lot 86. Private collection, thence by descent.
Bidding Starts at $5000.
A Queen Victoria Toby Jug by Royal Doulton, 1988 (left)
This Toby Jug features the august visage of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria was the first Queen of the Commonwealth of Australia, and she reigned longer than any other sovereign in history until her great-great granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II.
The handle takes the form of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, used at every Coronation since that of Charles II in 1661.
Royal Doulton, one of Englands finest potteries, has held a Royal Warrant as supplier to the sovereign since 1901.
Bidding Starts at $40.
An Elizabeth II porcelain figurine by Royal Worcester, 2006 (right)
This elegant porcelain figurine was made to mark Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday, and the late Queen is depicted in her youth wearing the robes and insignia of the Sovereign of the Order of the British Empire, evening dress and tiara.
Royal Worcester, founded in 1751, has had a long association with the royal family, having first received a Royal Warrant from King George III in 1788. Royal Worcester has produced fine porcelain services for a succession of sovereigns since then.
Bidding Starts at $40.
King George VI character Toby Jug by Royal Winton (left)
Dating from the reign of George VI, this charming character Toby Jug is a lovely memento of a beloved King.
The King wears the uniform and hat of an Admiral of the Fleet. The base is marked with a black stamp that reads; King George VI Royal Winton Grimwades Made in England.
Royal Winton, founded in Stoke-on-Trent in 1885, produced a large variety of commemorative ware for the Coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937, and are well known for the chintz-pattern designs they still produce today.
Bidding Starts at $40.
‘Monty’ by Royal Doulton (right)
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, illustrious soldier and commander during the Second World War, commanded the Allied forces in the desert campaign in North Africa, including the famed 9th Australian Division at Tobruk.
The hero of El Alamain, Monty was beloved by his men and renowned as the leader who out-foxed the ‘Desert Fox’, Erwin Rommel of the German Army. Monty was chosen by Queen Elizabeth II to carry the Royal Standard in her Coronation procession in 1953.
Bidding Starts at $50.
Sir Robert Menzies Toby Jug by Bendigo Pottery
This limited edition Bendigo Pottery caricature Toby Jug of Sir Robert Menzies was designed by Melbourne Herald cartoonist John Frith in 1973, featuring Menzies distinctive eyebrows and a Scotch thistle to the handle (a nod to his Scottish heritage). Made in a limited edition (No. 245 of 3000), it bears the oval factory stamp of Bendigo Pottery to the base. Menzies was Australia's longest serving Prime Minister, in office for a total of 18 years, and was a founding member of the Liberal Party of Australia.
For the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, Sir Robert suggested the resurrection of the presentation of Armills (bracelets) to the sovereign as symbols of the loyalty of the peoples of the Commonwealth, an idea to which The Queen gave hearty consent. In a broadcast in the evening on Coronation Day, Menzies would reminisce; “Today [we] have seen you crowned, crowned not for tyranny but for service; not for power, but for duty; not for pomp and circumstance, but for friendly and understanding leadership of the great, brave and enduring people. For us it was a day of joy, of proud memories, of soaring hopes for a glorious and serene future.”
This Menzies Toby Jug would make a wonderful addition to the collection of a student of Australian political history or an admirer of one of Australia’s greatest statesmen. Condition: Very Good/Fine.
Bidding Starts at $150.
Set of 12 limited edition Prince of Wales tankards by Dartington Crystal, 1969
This set of 12 hand-made Dartington crystal tankards was made to commemorate the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969. They bear the badge of the heir apparent, the Prince of Wales feathers, to the front of each tankard, each of which is individually numbered on the base (No’s 66-78) alongside the monogram of Dartington's chief designer, Frank Thrower. In Mint Condition, these would make a fantastic addition to any man cave or bar.
Please note: Shipping cannot be arranged for this Lot; it must be collected from Sydney CBD, or the buyer can arrange for collection by a courier at their own expense. Bidding for the entire set starts at just $120.
The Auction opens on Friday
31 March, & closes at 11:59pm on Friday, 21 April 2023.
If you are outbid before the auction ends, you will be notified so that you may increase your bid if you so choose.
Please ensure that all bids & enquiries are submitted by 21 April to: [email protected]
Shipping is at the buyer's expense, and will be calculated once bidding closes. Postage can also be calculated upon request to [email protected]
once bids have been submitted.
Lots of a high value will be sent via Australia Post Express Post, Insured with Tracking & Signed-for on delivery.
All Lots, except the Darlington Crystal can be collected free of charge from Canberra. The crystal can be collected from Sydney CBD.
PS: If you do not want to bid, you can always make a donation if you wish via: AML Donations
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