Lancashire viewers tuning in to Cash in the Attic this week on June 29th saw a second chance to see a Victorian mahogany pedestal desk , plus several other antiques, go under the hammer so the owner could renovate her 19th century barge. Together, the pieces raised £3600.
The episode, shown on the Home channel and presented by Lorne Spicer and Paul Hayes, first aired in 2009. However it was worth another look – and not only because of the furniture it featured. The owner called in the Cash in the Attic team because she wanted to raise money to get a Victorian narrow boat back on the water. Canal barges, of course, were once an important feature of life in 19th century Lancashire. The antique chest, Victorian dining chair, silver ink stand and other pieces went a long way to seeing the dreams of one would-be bargee come true.
In the Ribble valley, antique desks of simple, mahogany construction are often deceptively valuable. So it was in London, where bidding at Criterion Auction Rooms, Wandsworth, reached £285 against an upper estimate of £280, for the antique mahogany pedestal desk . Cumbria viewers also saw a large silver ink stand achieve £420. This would probably have sat on an equally imposing antique mahogany partners desk .
In Lancashire, Victorian dining chairs in the Windsor style are often sold as single armchairs. The Cash in the Attic owner was happy to see her Windsor dining chair sold for £110 – the same price achieved by an apprentice-built antique chest. In Preston, antique chests were often built as apprentice pieces. Today, these scaled-down miniatures are popular as jewellery chests.
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