In a recent episode of the Antiques Roadshow, a woman brought along a ‘royal throne’ to be examined.
The lady, who brought the item to Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, said that her mother-in-law was informed that Queen Victoria sat on it, which is why she bid for it in an auction in London back in the 1950s. It was sold to her for a price of just £5.
Lennox Cato, the antique expert on the show, said that the gothic style oak chair was originally in a shop in Baker Street London. At the top floor of the building was a waxwork museum. Lennox speculated that the only queen that had sat on this ‘throne’ was probably a full-size wax model of Queen Victoria.
Even though the real-life Queen Victoria had not sat in the chair, it was still valued at £1,200, which is considerably more than the £5 originally paid for it. If Queen Victoria had used the chair it would be worth much more.
Antique items once owned or used by famous historical figures or connected to famous events such as the sinking of the Titanic fetch a premium price.
If you are looking for antique sofas or antique chests for your Lancashire home, antique shops in the area will have many fine pieces of antique furniture at reasonable prices that do not include a premium for being used or owned by someone famous.
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