Lancashire Cash in the Attic fans had another chance to watch one of the best episodes from 2007, by tuning in to the Home Channel on July 7th. It was particularly rewarding for those with an interest in antique desks, as two went under the hammer: a leather-topped writing table, and a Victorian oak partners desk , which realized £580 against an upper estimate of £300.
The episode had a distinctly philanthropic air, as the property for which funds were being raised was a Baptist church – actually, the one where authoress Enid Blyton (who lived in the same road) worshipped. The husband-and-wife team of Baptist ministers who called in Cash in the Attic needed money for church renovations and a talent show.
For once, the lots weren’t restricted to bric-a-brac. The church had made a “call to arms”, requesting worshippers to donate items which could be auctioned. These, added to existing antiques the Baptistry already owned, made for a handsome selection for the auction, raising over £1800.
Not everything found a buyer – such as a set of six Victorian dining chairs . In the Ribble Valley, they may well have fared better, as they were very similar to the rustic “Lancashire” style. A Regency writing table, however, realised £360 – a little below estimate, although reasonable, considering it had last seen service as a goalpost! The Victorian oak partners desk fared better still, with some heated bidding pushing the price to almost double its upper estimate.
Antique dealers in Preston have Victorian oak pedestal desks of similar quality, at very reasonable prices.
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