Viewers of popular TV programme Dickinson’s Real Deal were treated to an exciting round of haggling on the Tuesday 17th April show, when a member of the public brought in a stool made by the famous Yorkshire furniture maker Robert Thompson – known as ‘Mouseman’.
The show came from the historic spa town of Buxton and featured a seller and Corrie Jeffery, the dealer, haggling while David Dickinson and auctioneer Paul Ashburner looked on.
This episode was filmed in the beautiful Pavilion Gardens, a Grade II listed attraction located in the centre of Buxton.
The stool in question was made by Robert Thompson, who made furniture using English oak. The stool had originally been owned by the seller’s aunt and she believed that it had been bought new.
Dealer Jeffery asked if the seller knew anything about the stool. The seller pointed to the small mouse carved in one of the legs and said:
“Only that that was his signature.”
Jeffery agreed and said:
“It is beautifully made. Really lovely.”
Dickinson and auctioneer Ashburner thought that the stool had probably been made in the 1930s and was very much sought after today, and Ashburner put an estimate of between £300 and £400.
Jeffery opened the haggling with an offer of £290, rising slowly to eventually settle on £380. After much thought and a long pause, the delighted seller accepted the offer.
This beautiful oak stool does not quite qualify as an antique, being 20 odd years shy of the 100 years old qualification. Authentic functional antique furniture like cabinets and open bookcases are available in a local Lancashire dealers.
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