A Plymouth gentleman came along to our valuation day with a small jade carving. He was very specific that his grandfather had brought this object back with him in 1929. He was a Royal Navy boxing champion and served on the Thetis Submarine and Thunderbolt subs.
The small antique, possibly 18th century, white jade carving is in the form of a dragon crossing a dragon bridge, measuring just 9cm, on a contemporary carved black wood stand. It was originally made as a belt buckle, and despite it being damaged is expected to attract a lot of interest from collectors of such carvings. Being an item that would have been used domestically further enhances its scarcity.
It will be presented for auction on the 27th October, where it carries a guide price of £1,000 to £1,500.