Permatanned David Dickenson and his team of Real Dealers have been touring the British Isles shooting the new series of Dickenson’s Real Deal. On November 27th it’s the turn of Lancashire to dust off its antique desks and Victorian dining chairs , as David will be at the Darwen Leisure Centre to give his appraisal of their worth.
Real Deal is a phenomenally successful ITV show which has been running since 2006. It follows a daily format in which owners are invited to bring their antiques and collectables for independent valuation, after which a team of real-life antiques dealers make a cash offer on the items. As is common with shows of this sort, the tendency leans more towards the easily transportable than heavy antique desks, with values in the tens, rather than hundreds of pounds. However Gillows, whose name is on many a set of valuable Victorian dining chairs, had their home in Lancashire, so Darwen may well turn up a few surprises in the furniture department.
Lancashire featured in Real Deal on November 22nd too, when the team were in Oldham. Top deals were a diamond necklace, which brought £400 at auction (compared to a dealer’s offer of £200) and a vintage German camera purchased for £5 at a car boot sale. It made £180 at auction – the owner had been offered £20 in the Dealers’ Den!
The gamble isn’t always as profitable. One owner turned down £50 for a Victorian teapot. It later went under the gavel for the same amount – but some of the profit was gobbled up in commission. Sellers of brown furniture, such as antique desks in Lancashire should always consider their antique dealer’s offer, before taking the auction route.
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