Four well-known antiques experts recently spent a day at Wakefield Cathedral, delivering valuations to members of the public.
The three experts are regulars on popular BBC shows ‘Antiques Roadshow’ and ‘Bargain Hunt’. Stephen Skellern is an expert in coins, while Susan Rumfitt specialises in antique jewellery and Tom Keane is an auctioneer, appearing on Bargain Hunt. Eric Knowles regularly appears on the Antiques Roadshow.
More than 200 valuations were given at the West Yorkshire cathedral, with some members of the audience being surprised to discover that their family heirlooms were valuable. The day was organised by Ossett and Wakefield Rotary Clubs, with money raised being donated to charities in the local area, including Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Wakefield Admiral Nurses of Dementia UK.
The president of the Wakefield Rotary Club, Dr. Neale Clarke was surprised to find that a family heirloom that he had taken along to the valuation, was actually a rare piece. The item was a lifesaving kit dating back to the 1750s. The kit was used to help save the lives of children with diptheria by cutting the membranes in the throat to help them breathe. Susan Rumfitt valued the rare item at £1,500, despite it having some rubbed silver scuffs.
Similarly, a lady who had turned up on the day was amazed when she was told a piece of jewellery that had been left lying at the back of a drawer was worth £1,500.
Perhaps the owner of the jewellery may consider keeping it in the drawer of an antique bedside cabinet, to keep it safe and protect from damage.
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