A former lieutenant-governor of Government House in Saskatchewan, Canada, is donating a number of valuable antiques to be sold at auction to raise money for the preservation of the historical building. The items consist mainly of antique furniture, including a bedroom set which has an estimated value of $20,000 (£12,000).
The lieutenant-governor’s official residence in the Northwest Territories was Government House, which was built in 1891. In 1984, the building became the working office of the lieutenant governor, who was Lynda Haverstock from 2000 to 2006. An Eastlake bedroom set is just one of the items which will be auctioned, which dates back over 120 years. A dresser with a marble top is part of the set. The items have been valued by Isabelle Zohner, an appraiser for personal property. An oak dining room set – which includes an antique dining table and antique dining chairs – has also been donated by Haverstock. The proceeds of the auction will be used to preserve the Government House, keeping history alive there as a heritage site. Haverstock had donated her antiques when she relocated and although sad to part with the antiques, she is happy to preserve a little bit of history.
Other items expected for the auction include a baby cradle that was hand made in the 1940s, vintage toys, music boxes, art, jewellery and Royal Doulton figurines. More than 1,500 hours have been donated by volunteers, who have logged each item and prepared for the auction day itself.
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