During the lockdown, many have had a clearout of their home possessions. One household in Lichfield nearly threw away a valuable tin box.
Antique auctioneer Adrian Rathbone visited a client at home who was having a lockdown clearout. He was shown a pile of tea wares and other items that had no value that the homeowner had decided to throw out. Among them was a metal box that caught the auctioneer’s eye. It was a 15cm casket with gold surface decoration and a hinged lid.
Rathbone later identified it as a Sialkhot Koftgari box made in North India in the 1850s during the Victorian age. The distinctive gold decoration is designed to imitate Indian architecture. The owner of the casket thought it was worthless scrap metal, but it is estimated to be worth between £2,000 and £3,000 when sold at auction in October 2020. The buyer will also have to pay auction fees on top of the winning bid amount.
Adran Rathbone says:
“The message to anyone who’s been having a lockdown clear-out, is don’t dismiss anything. In an ever-changing market, it is more crucial than ever to gain expert advice on your possessions.”
This type of box is rarely sold, so it is unlikely you will find one for sale at Lancashire antique dealers. You should be able to find antiques dating from the same period. Examples of what to expect are Victorian mahogany dining tables and Victorian Burr Walnut Davenports.
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