Old trea­sures val­ued

Waihi Leader - - News -

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.

PHOTO / SUP­PLIED.

This an­tique clown is worth more than $700.

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