29 Aug 2016
June 22, 2013 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

An antiques appraisal held to raise money for a new hall at Wellington College succeeded in raising a few eyebrows, as a number of unusual and valuable items were brought along to be valued. The recent event consisted of tea, a book fair and the Antiques Roadshow-style appraisal. The day raised a few thousand dollars towards the cost of building a performing arts centre and a new hall at Wellington College. The amount will be added to the grand total raised for the project so far, of $3.5 million (£2.24 million)

One item that was brought in for appraisal certainly caused a stir when it was valued at $50,000 to $60,000 (£32,000 – £38,000). According to Peter Wedde, the appraiser, the rare porcelain prayer book – which dates back to 1688 – could go straight to the British Museum. The owner of the Delft antique was totally unaware of its value. One item of interest was a 1799 etching depicting a scene from Richard III by Shakespeare. The etching shows the two princes being murdered while sleeping in the tower. The owner, John Mills, described the scene as “a bit grotesque”. The etching was valued at $200, although the owner had only brought it along out of interest.

Antiques appraisals like this often reveal surprises – especially when the value of an item is completely unknown. For larger objects, like items of antique furniture, people are more likely to visit an antiques dealer. For instance, if you are searching for antique oak partners desks , Preston and the surrounding areas have dealers with items to showcase.

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