Old treasures valued
Nearly 200 visitors presented their treasures at the biennial Athenree Homestead Antiques Roadshow last Sunday.
They filed steadily through the Homestead lounge with a variety of objects they wanted valued.
The team of four appraisers — James Winterburn, Jane Tweedham, Les Vuletich and Don Thomas — came from Hamilton, bringing a wide range of experience in antique objects.
Throughout the day the visitors were asked to appraise jewellery, china, glassware, paintings, photos and old toys and many returned with a smile on their faces.
Many came to find out more about their item.
“We didn’t come to find out about the value of our object, we were more interested in the history of what we brought,” some said.
One woman enjoyed her visit and learned valuable information about her bowl that she went home and brought more valuables to the experts.
One of the pieces was a small mechanical clown that played a violin.
To its owner’s surprise, Les Vuletich said that it had been made in Germany between 1904 and 1910 and was valued at a minimum of $700.
“That clown is in mint condition, still has the original key and goes well,” he said.
The appraisers said the most interesting and valuable items they saw were some original drawings and a notebook from Horace Millichamp Moore-Jones, who painted the famous Gallipoli painting, Simpson and his Donkey, and a brass navigational instrument from an World War II submarine.
Mr Vuletich said the team really enjoyed coming to Athenree Homestead for the show because it was a natural venue for such an event.
Proceeds go toward the next stage of the Historic Homestead upgrade.
This antique clown is worth more than $700.