Exotic wedding present could fetch £80,000

A STUNNING Faberge silver-mounted enamel clock that was given as a Borders wedding present in 1903, was so exotic it received a mention in the Berwickshire Journal.

The clock was given by the Hon. Lady Miller, daughter of the 4th Baron of Scarsdale, to Laura Fordyce Buchan on the occasion of her marriage to Francis Stewart Hay of Duns Castle.

The valuable timepiece is now one of the highlights of the Russian Sale, taking place on June 8 at Bonhams, in New Bond Street, London.

Bonhams experts estimate the clock should sell for £60,000 – 80,000.

The Hon. Lady Miller’s husband, Sir James Miller of Manderston, Duns, had considerable trading interests with Russia during the late 19th century, and his father had served as British vice-consul in St. Petersburg.

Designed by Faberge workmaster Michael Perchin, the translucent mauve enamel, with beaded rim and rosettes and entwined laurels on the front of the clock, would certainly have made a fitting wedding present.

The wedding list with mention of the clock was subsequently published in The Berwickshire Journal in 1903.

Alexandra Heffler, of Bonhams, said this week: “The clock is quite unusual and the connection is with quite a well-known family, so hopefully there will be a pick up in interest in Scotland.”