Auctioneers that visited a home in Wiltshire, that belonged to an elderly lady that had died, were shocked to discover a collection of antique jewellery next to a joint of meat in a chest freezer.
The lady had collected jewellery since the 1960s and kept the receipts to show how much she had paid for the items. Some of the pieces are about 500 years old and are very valuable. The total value of the jewellery was around £100,000.
The auctioneers searching the bungalow where the lady lived, found various items in drawers and under the mattress that was not as valuable. The furniture was in a bad condition and wallpaper was peeling off the walls. This led them to believe that there would but nothing of value in the property.
They then came across receipts from the 1960s for antique jewellery worth hundreds of pounds, but they could not find this jewellery. The family of the lady said they believed that she had hidden her valuable items.
Someone decided to look in the freezer and it was there they came across the treasure. Amongst the items found in the freezer was a pelican pendant from the 16th Century valued at £30,000 and a 17th Century Italian ruby and sapphire pendant, worth about £15,000. Other items have been valued at between £1,500 and £6,000.
Most Lancashire people buy antique jewellery, antique cabinets, chests and other items to use, wear or display proudly as opposed to hiding them in peculiar places.
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