Live Auction, 15 March 2010

Sold for

ZAR 13 368
Lot 290
  • A diamond and synthetic ruby brooch, late 19th century


Lot Estimate
ZAR 12 000 - 15 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 13 368

About this Item

A diamond and synthetic ruby brooch, late 19th century


of sword design, set with old and eight-cut diamonds, the hilt set with an oval-cut synthetic ruby, suspending an open link curb chain interspersed with four old-cut diamonds

Notes

Sir Jacobus Arnoldus Combrinck, Industrialist and Statesmen, born 4 March 1863, Villiersdorp, Cape Colony.  Died 5 April 1927.  Entered into partnership with his brother Sr David Graaff (QV).  Elected to the Cape House of Assembly as an Afrikaner bondsman in 1903; Graaf and his brother financed the buildeing of the De Villiers Graaff High School in Villiersdorp in 1907 and later established a GBP100 000 endowment fund for the school.  He became a Senator of The Union in 1910; Minister without Portfolio, 1913 - 1920; Minister of Public Works, Posts and Telegraphs 1920 - 1921.  He was knighted in 1917 and known as Sir J A C Graaff.  Reference: Smuts' Papers Volume 4, November 1918 - August 1919 by W K Hancock and Jean van der Poel

Provenance

Sir Jacobus Arnholdus Combrink Graaff (1863-1927) and Suzanne Graaff (neé Theunissen) and thence by descent to the current owner


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