An antique that was associated with the Titanic received a considerable boost when it was valued recently.
On an episode of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, a woman brought in a family heirloom, an emerald ring that belonged to her grandmother. The ring was valued at between £6,000 and £8,000. However, when Antiques Roadshow expert, Joanna Hardy was told that the grandmother had worn this ring on the Titanic, her valuation was increased by a further £20,000 to £30,000.
The grandmother survived the Titanic disaster and wore the ring whilst in the lifeboat awaiting rescue. The ring had the signature inside belonging to La Cloche, who had a shop in both Paris and Bond Street, London. It was probably an engagement ring.
Joanne Hardy said:
“The fact it has survived that, is quite incredible and it is in stunning condition.”
Most people buy antiques because they love their looks. Items such as antique desks, tables and cabinets are admired for their elegant style and the craftsmanship that has been used to construct them. Some people love antiques that, like the ring on Antiques Roadshow, have been associated with a historical event.
If an antique wardrobe has been used by Queen Victoria, for example, it will fetch a much higher price than an identical wardrobe with no historical association. Proving the provenance of an antique is not easy. Lancashire antique dealers go to great lengths to research the authenticity of antiques that are connected to historical events or famous people.
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