Antiques authority Jonty Hearnden got involved with antiques valuation day at Henley’s Phyllis Court Club recently.
Hearnden has appeared on a number of TV shows, including Antiques Roadshow and Cash in the Attic, and he provided information and historical details on many of the items in addition to a valuation.
A large number of items were taken along to the event on 5th March, which was attended by around 50 people. Hearnden selected an artefact from each table to discuss and provide an estimated value.
Guests were invited to guess what the result would be, with one person guessing within £10 of Hearnden’s estimate.
Egyptian amulets were taken along by John Morrish and his wife, Gillian. The five amulets were purchased by the grandfather of Morrish in 1935, when he was in Africa, and date back to around 2,000 BC. Stitched into a shroud before burial, they were valued around £1,000.
Hearnden was impressed by a painting – a Venetian oil on canvas dating back to the start of the 18th Century. However, before giving a valuation, Hearnden wanted to conduct some more research.
The proceeds of the event are to be split between the South and Vale Carers Centre and Helen & Douglas House.
An increasing number of people are taking an interest in antiques, spending more time browsing antiques dealers where good quality items may be discovered, like antique bedroom furniture. Blackburn is home to dealers who have a number of fine pieces on display.
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