Do you have hid­den trea­sures in your home?

EADT Suffolk - - PROMOTION -

I’ve worked in the auc­tion and an­tiques world for long enough to know that each day can un­cover new trea­sures and these dis­cov­er­ies, although (very) ex­cit­ing for me, can be lifechang­ing for our clients. I have been tak­ing a look back at some of the most in­ter­est­ing lots I have come across which have sim­ply been dis­cov­ered by chance or per­haps be­lieved to be of lit­tle value by the ven­dor:

1) A 19th Cen­tury Chi­nese Jade group, carved with a monkey seated with a baby monkey was found among a quan­tity of other items stored in an old shoe box and achieved £2,500 at our spe­cial­ist Ori­en­tal Art & An­tiques auc­tion.

2) A fine Priest’s or Chief’s Kinikini Shield Club, from the Fiji Is­lands (prob­a­bly 19th Cen­tury), came to us af­ter the ven­dor had pur­chased the piece at a car boot sale in Nor­folk a num­ber of years pre­vi­ously, for far less than the £5,500 it achieved in our Sale. 3) A beau­ti­ful 18th Cen­tury Dutch gold box, (Am­s­ter­dam, maker Jean Saint, 1698-1769) was brought into our Stow­mar­ket auc­tion house with the ven­dor be­liev­ing it was just a brass snuff box. This box sold for a grand to­tal of £62,000. 4) One of our clients brought in an Omega au­to­matic Sea­mas­ter 300 stain­less steel gen­tle­man’s wrist­watch, with its orig­i­nal Omega stain­less steel strap, to be sold at auc­tion. The ven­dor thought the piece to be worth noth­ing as it was just his own worn out watch, how­ever, it achieved £4,800 in our Jew­ellery & Watches Sale.

5) Amongst a se­lec­tion of cos­tume jew­ellery which came into us, we dis­cov­ered a Vic­to­rian 18 carat gold emer­ald and di­a­mond “clover” ring, which made £2,500 in one of our Jew­ellery & Watches Sales.

The amount of trea­sures peo­ple have in their homes is stag­ger­ing, and you never know what an heir loom or old piece you have could be worth, un­til you get it val­ued! We of­fer a free and no-obli­ga­tion val­u­a­tion ser­vice where we wel­come peo­ple to bring any items they have for an es­ti­ma­tion. We also hold reg­u­lar ‘An­tiques Road­show’ style events through­out East and Anglia and be­yond, and we wel­come peo­ple to our sale room for ad­vice, plus we also of­fer home vis­its for no charge.

Oliver Miller, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Bishop & Miller

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