Brian Chesters, who appears on Dickinson’s Real Deal, says that people in isolated islands, including the Hebrides and the Channel Islands, all seem to have a pocket watch. Chesters is an auctioneer and an expert of antiques, recently appearing at the Tregarthen’s Hotel on the Isles of Scilly. During the valuation, he noticed that just about every person had brought a pocket watch.
During valuations in other places, he usually sees wrist watches from the 70s rather than pocket watches. He surmised during the six hour valuation that almost everyone on the Isles of Scilly seems to own a pocket watch. According to Chesters, those who live on isolated islands are often unsure how to deal with antiques as there isn’t always an antiques dealer on the island. Rather than someone having to send an item to the mainland for a valuation, Chesters states that he would rather visit them on the island. He is a regular visitor to the remote islands, including the Hebrides and the Channel Islands, where he is often presented with unusual items. The valuation at Tregarthen’s Hotel is the latest visit.
People in the UK have access to a number of antiques dealers across the country. A reputable dealer will be able to provide an appraisal of an item and a valuation, whether it is a pocket watch or an antique cabinet. Ribble Valley has antiques dealers who specialise in antique furniture, although they may also be able to show a selection of pocket watches for those with a particular interest.
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