Fiona Bruce and the team at Antiques Roadshow recently discovered a rare book worth more than £100,000 while at Scone Palace in Perthshire.
Over 2,000 people were queuing in the scorching summer sun with their collectibles and antiques. The rare book was appraised by Justin Croft. The Guildry Incorporation of Perth owns the book, which is a “Lockit Book” dating back to 1452. The book lists the association rules, in addition to each association member. The Guildry Incorporation of Perth represented the equivalent of today’s trading standards.
Louis Flood, who is a Guildryman, brought the book in to be valued and stated that the material used to make the book was an indication of the value. According to Flood, books made prior to the 16th Century would have been made of vellum or parchment, rather than paper. Antiques are often valued in this way, looking at the materials used and the methods used, especially in the making of antique furniture like antique cabinets. Due to the age of the book, it has been kept safely locked away in a fire-resistant safe when not being displayed.
Among other items brought in for appraisal, a portrait of Nelson Mandela painted by Peter Howson was presented to the experts. Although the painting is fairly modern, having been completed in 2005, the value was already thought to be around £1,500. Other items discovered at Scone Palace included a silver brooch worth £300 and a vase valued at around £700.
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