A guest was surprised to find out the value of a chair she bought for £1 when she took it on the BBC television show “Antiques Roadshow”.
The guest on the show saw a porter at the Royal Hospital in Wolverhampton taking an old chair to a skip. She asked him not to throw it away. He offered to sell it to her for £1, a price she agreed on, though she now admits she would have paid a lot more.
Antiques Roadshow expert Elaine Binning revealed that the chair was 240 years old, and it was created during the reign of Charles II. The chair is carved with the initials PHS in small letters, which Binning said could be either the chair maker’s name or the household that owned it. She estimated that the chair is worth £400. The guest said she was pleased with this evaluation, but she intended to keep the chair. She also said about her 240-year-old chair:
“Everybody sits on it, visitors and family, we all think who has sat on this.”
Many Antiques Roadshow objects make headlines because they are valued at thousands of pounds. These are exceptional estimates and do not reflect the average you would expect to pay for antique furniture. Fine examples of antique chests, chairs, sofas and other furniture costing hundreds, rather than thousands, of pounds are plentiful at Lancashire antique dealers.
Appreciating the look and history of antique furniture is perhaps more important than its value.
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