The popular BBC1 antique shows, Cash in the Attic and Bargain Hunt, were aired back-to-back on Tuesday December 6th. Evidently travel was in the air, because both programs featured an antique chest from the Golden Age of transatlantic liners – and both made a handsome profit.
Despite being tatty, the trunk sold on Cash in the Attic realised almost three times its £100 estimate – probably because it came complete with steamship paraphernalia, including a Victorian passport. The pristine 20th century Bargain Hunt example sold for more than £60 – double what was paid for it – and had probably never been to sea in its life, but in other ways the two antique chests were almost identical. Dome-topped in construction, steamer trunks of this kind were heavily reinforced with metal or leather slats. Designed for long periods at sea, they acted as both luggage and storage chests, being able to withstand all weathers. In areas like Preston, antique chests of this kind have an enduring connection with the sea, and are highly sought after by people wanting a stylish storage solution in their homes. A similar design was the inspiration for the demonic “Luggage” of Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novels – though without the teeth and tiny legs.
Talking of books, Tim Wonnacott also showed us a library longarm – a useful rustic gadget for reaching high shelves –– which would be perfect if you have a tall antique bookcase in your Lancashire home. Browse antique dealers in the Ribble Valley, and other rural locations
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