Find out what your an­tiques are worth

Ex­perts on hand for free ap­praisals at Cape fair Mod­ern fam­ily home in Ot­tery has two sep­a­rate flatlets

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MOST fam­i­lies with trace­able roots have a me­mento from a by­gone era that could have in­trin­sic value. It could be a chintz tea set, a Jew­ish Meno­rah or Kid­dish Cup, rare books, or a piece of fur­ni­ture or work of art that has been handed down for gen­er­a­tions.

Clyde Terry, or­gan­iser of an­tique fairs around the coun­try, says many peo­ple have such heir­looms tucked away in cup­boards and have no idea they could be quite valu­able.

Many fam­i­lies who own col­lec­tions handed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion may won­der if they are worth any­thing, or whether the porce­lain fig­urine gath­er­ing dust in a cup­board may be from one of the well-known Bri­tish china and pot­tery works, such as Royal Doul­ton, Royal Worces­ter and Moor­croft, but may not know where to go to have these items val­ued.

Oth­ers may not be sure whether the sil­ver tea set they in­her­ited is solid sil­ver or plate, or whether the coins their great-grand­fa­ther col­lected could in­clude the rare one the world is look­ing for, he says.

“The dusty paint­ing that be­longed to their great-aunt could be a long-lost South African Old Master’s paint­ing. An an­ces­tor’s mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia might be worth some­thing, and that 1970s de­signer bag they bought in Paris could be worth more than they paid for it. Many peo­ple would love to have such items val­ued, but do not know where to go for an ex­pert ap­praisal.”

The val­u­a­tions ser­vice at the up­com­ing Na­tional Cape An­tiques Fair, to be held in Con­stan­tia from Novem­ber 17 to 19, will of­fer a one-off op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to bring in their most cher­ished items to be ap­praised, he says.

An­ton Welz, of well­re­spected auc­tion­eers Stephan Welz, and his team of ex­perts in col­lect­ing field will be on hand to ap­praise items at the event.

Valu­a­tors usu­ally charge a per­cent­age of what an item is worth, but at the Na­tional Cape An­tiques Fair the val­u­a­tions will be done in aid of SA Rid­ing for Dis­abled (Sarda), a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion that does valu­able work. There will be no fixed val­u­a­tion fee, but those who make use of the ser­vice are en­cour­aged to make a do­na­tion when hav­ing an item val­ued.

An­ton Welz says: “The val­u­a­tions ser­vice at the Na­tional Cape An­tiques Fair will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to know what prized items are worth, or who sim­ply want to know the piece’s prove­nance to con­sult with us. We are al­ways amazed at what peo­ple bring. Many have no idea that an ‘old ugly fig­urine’ is ac­tu­ally a rare ex­am­ple of Royal Doul­ton, or that their sil­ver tea set is highly collectable Cape sil­ver.”

Clyde Terry says do­ing the rounds at an­tique shops, auc­tions and fairs is part of be­ing an avid col­lec­tor. “Many say the fun is of­ten in the jour­ney to find that elu­sive piece that will com­plete your col­lec­tion or get you started on an­other.”

The Na­tional Cape An­tiques Fair will be held from 10am to 6pm on Novem­ber 17, 18 and 19 at the Great Cel­lar, Alphen Es­tate, Main Road, Con­stan­tia. The en­trance fee is R50 per per­son in aid of Sarda. Val­u­a­tions will take place daily from 10am to 4pm, with do­na­tions in aid of Sarda.

A Char­ity Open­ing Night will be held on Thurs­day for the “Who’s Who” of the col­lect­ing world. Tick­ets at R100 per per­son can be bought at the door or through www.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Clyde Terry on 082 883 4933 or visit A LARGE, five-bed­roomed mod­ern fam­ily home with two sep­a­rate flatlets, all sited on a 537m² erf in Ot­tery, will be auc­tioned by Raw­son Auc­tions Western Cape on Novem­ber 29.

Lo­cated at 8 Charles Road, the prop­erty could po­ten­tially bring in a monthly rental in­come of R22 000, ac­cord­ing to Tanya Jo­vanovski, fran­chisee of Raw­son Auc­tions Western Cape.

All five bed­rooms are lo­cated up­stairs. Each has built-in cup­boards, and the main bed­room has a bal­cony. On this floor there is also a full bath­room. The down­stairs sec­tion com­prises a lounge, guest toi­let, and an open-plan din­ing room and kitchen. The two flatlets each com­prise a bed­room, bath­room and kitch­enette.

The prop­erty also in­cludes staff quar­ters, a small gar­den, a bore­hole, a pool, a dou­ble garage and three se­cure park­ing spots.

The auc­tion will take place at noon on Novem­ber 29 at the Raw­son Prop­erty Group head of­fice at 222 Main Road, Ron­de­bosch. The re­serve price is avail­able on ap­pli­ca­tion, but all of­fers will be re­viewed.

No reg­is­tra­tion fee is re­quired to bid. How­ever, the buyer will be ex­pected to pay a de­posit of 5% of the pur­chase price, as well as 10%com­mis­sion plus VAT over and above the pur­chase price on the seller’s ac­cep­tance of the bid. Bid­ders are re­quired to be reg­is­tered and must have with them cer­ti­fied copies of their iden­tity doc­u­ments and proof of res­i­dence.

All of­fers should be sub­mit­ted on Raw­son Auc­tions’ Of­fer to Pur­chase form. A copy of can be ob­tained by email­ing info@ raw­sonauc­ or call­ing 021 837 1700.

For more de­tails or an ap­point­ment to view, call Derek Grant on 082 377 5599 or Tanya Jo­vanovski on 021 837 1700.

The Great Cel­lar at Alphen Es­tate in Con­stan­tia, where the Na­tional Cape An­tiques Fair will be held, was im­mor­talised in this paint­ing by renowned South African artist Er­rol Boy­ley.

This two-storey Ot­tery home has ‘an ur­ban chic de­sign that ex­udes lux­ury’, ac­cord­ing to Raw­son Auc­tions Western Cape.

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