A silversmith from Davenham, Cheshire left one expert on Antiques Roadshow astounded recently, when she revealed two diamond cutting machines on the show.
Yvonne Chadderton had discovered the diamond cleaving and cutting machines around 20 years ago, while in Scarborough for a weekend break. Both the machines, spotted in an antiques store, were purchased by Chadderton for £150. Since that time, the cutting machine, which is hand crafted, and the cleaving box have been displayed in her workshop and studio as museum pieces.
Both machines were made during the early 1900s in Antwerp, the diamond capital. Chadderton was previously a gemmologist and is a jewellery designer, and when she found out that the Antiques Roadshow was going to be filmed at Arley Hall in Knutsford, Cheshire, she wanted to find out more about the rare treasures.
John Benjamin, the show’s jewellery expert, was amazed by the rare find, saying that the value would probably be around £450 now. He added that he had never seen a diamond cutting machine during all his years working on the Antiques Roadshow.
Chadderton said that the value was not important as she had not intended to sell them. She also added that they would probably never know how the machines had ended up in a Scarborough antiques store, having come from a Belgian diamond workshop.
Good quality antique furniture, like antique coffee tables, are often discovered by collectors in local antique stores, frequently being displayed in homes as a talking point for guests.
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