Antique experts were left baffled when they were presented with a toy locomotive at the Antiques Roadshow valuation day in Whitley Bay. The train was discovered in a cottage which overlooked a railway line, which was the original Stockton to Darlington line in the 1800s.
According to Paul Atterbury, the train was possibly made for a child by his father, and dated back to the 1820’s or 1830’s. The valuation was placed at anything from £20 to £5000. Tom Robson, who purchased the train in the sixties used to let his son play with the locomotive as a child, and plans to let his grandson be entertained by the antique train in the near future. Mr Robson said:
“I’m not in any hurry to sell it. My son loved playing with it when he was a bairn and I’m now looking forward to my grandson, who is 18 months old, enjoying it. I’m not sure how much it’s worth- I suppose the person who wants to buy it is the one who places a true value on it.”
Antiques expert Paul Atterbury described the train as being crudely made from bits of furniture moulded together. Part of a stair bannister and part of a chair leg were among the different components to be used.
Antiques are often purchased for their use in today’s homes in addition to being an investment, whether toys or furniture. For advice on antique furniture, for instance antique chests, Preston has a number of antique dealers who can give advice.
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