Good quality antique desks and Victorian dining chairs are like gold dust – they go up in value. On November 5th, auction firm 1818 Auctioneers gave people in Cumbria the chance to see how much their antique desks were worth, as well as help a worthy cause, with a charity valuation day at Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall.
The fundraising event was held on behalf of St Mary’s Hospice, one of a series the firm is holding at venues across Cumbria. In exchange for a small donation, people could get their antiques and collectables assessed by one of the team’s experts. Lasting from 10.30am to 3.30pm, it gave people plenty of time to take their valuables home – or leave them for future auction – before enjoying the fireworks at Hawcoat Park.
Boosted by TV programs like Cash In The Attic and Bargain Hunt, antique buying and selling is becoming more and more popular. It’s not surprising the Eighteen Eighteen tour has a TV theme – earlier in the year their auction was featured on BBC’s Flog It. A highly successful sale, it saw valuable pieces like Chippendale Revival Victorian dining chairs going for high prices under the hammer. Among the antique desks was a Victorian burr walnut piano-form Davenport, a beautifully crafted little piece that made £1300. Half the drawers were dummies but, as with most antique desks, it was the look of the desk that mattered.
In true Flog It! fashion, people at the Barrow valuation again had the opportunity to enter their antiques into auction – with commissions donated to St Mary’s Hospice. Cumbria is a treasure trove of antique desks and revivalist Victorian dining chairs, with plenty of local antique dealers to choose from. Many offer valuations too.
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