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A selection of real gems

A round-up of recent auction highlights from Anglo-Saxon treasure to a magnificent man in his flying machine. Roland Arkell reports

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On July 19, 1909, Hubert Latham (1883-1912) took off from Cap Blanc- Nez, several miles west of Calais, in his Antoinette IV monoplane, hoping to be the first man to cross the English Channel.

He managed just eight of the 20-something miles before an engine failure forced the first-ever landing of an aircraft on the sea. The fuselage remained afloat, so Latham lit a cigarette and awaited rescue by a nearby French destroyer.

Six days later, Louis Blériot took advantage of a break in the weather to make the same journey in his Type XI monoplane to claim a £1000 prize and his name in the history books.

An 18ct gold and white metal brooch depicting the Antoinette IV or VII monoplane formed part of a strong selection of period jewellery offered by Bamfords in Derby on September 28. Estimated at £100-150, it made £2100.

Also on the transport theme was an unusual pendant worked as a three-masted ship with a rock crystal hull, enamelled sails and pennants and a pearl set chain.

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