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November 30, 2015 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

A couple who inherited an ancestral home discovered ‘clutter’ that turned out to be worth around £1m, including a stocking belonging to Queen Victoria.

The collection of artefacts had built up over the last 300 years at Hooton Pagnell Hall in Doncaster. When Mark and Lucianne Warde-Norbury inherited the family property, they realised that there were areas of the home that had not been sorted for decades. The Warde-Norburys have spent the last two years sorting through all the items and although they are retaining many of the items, there will be a lot to sell.

Among the items is a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle, which is a rare item and possibly worth £30,000. A painting of Windsor Castle by Paul Sandby, completed in 1802, is thought to be worth around £60,000.

The Warde family has owned the Yorkshire property since 1681, when Sir Patience Warde lived there. Restoration of the property was started then by the former Lord Mayor of London. According to Mark Warde-Norbury, it was a very emotional experience sorting through all the items, which he described as being an “eclectic” mix. The house was used as a military hospital during World War I and a number of items were salvaged from that period, including a letter from Florence Nightingale.

Whilst sorting through the various rooms in the house, the couple discovered antique duelling pistols, silver cutlery and candlesticks, and even a rare antique wooden doll which was made during the 18th century. Antiques, including furniture like antique dining chairs , often conjure up memories of past times, which is reassuring for family members.

November 23, 2015 - Filed under: Auctions — Richard

A vase that was nearly destroyed during a game of football, was recently sold at auction, losing thousands from its value.

Around 40 years ago, two children paying a game of “hit the target” broke a valuable antique vase and despite being repaired, it knocked around (more…)

November 16, 2015 - Filed under: Antique Cabinets — Harriet

An antique tile which had been left in a garage in Devon, has turned out to be a valuable artefact.

The tile was discovered propped up against a motorbike, and seemed destined to end up at (more…)

November 9, 2015 - Filed under: Auctions — Harriet

A chipped antique vase with a guide price of £150 surprised everyone at the auction house when it sold for far more than ever expected.

Demand for the porcelain vase ended in a bidding war, which resulted in the Chinese antique being sold for over (more…)

November 2, 2015 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Harriet

A letter written in 1931 and found in a book of poetry by Lord Tennyson belongs to one of the suffragettes portrayed in the new movie, Suffragette.

The letter was discovered around 30 years ago by (more…)

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