Antiques Valuation Evening

30 May 2013

An assortment of items found their way to the village hall for our Antiques Valuation Evening on Saturday 18 May. At one stage, it looked like a scene from the Antiques Roadshow as one enthusiastic resident was spotted struggling up to the front door with a Victorian oak table.

Sadly, it wasn’t to make his fortune but if only, our Sworders’ experts told him, he had sold it a few years ago, it would have made four times the price. “Buy (Victorian furniture) now and keep for a few years,” was the advice to prospective bargain hunters. Meanwhile, those with sleek and minimalist furniture and items from the 60s, 70s and even 80s, could cash in now as they are sought by today’s young home furnishers.

Although none of our attendees had unearthed a hitherto undiscovered gem, there were enough items of virtue to keep our valuers busy.

Of particular note to discuss during the evening were the aforementioned table, an interesting oriental glass vase, a beautifully illustrated diary/scrapbook detailing the author’s experiences at Camberwell School of Art, a silver entrée dish and a family bible with tortoiseshell cover and decorative hinges.

Guy Schooling and Helen Jonas from Sworders had also brought along a few items from the saleroom with particular local interest, including a print by artist Edward Bawden, who lived at Great Bardfield.

A delicious three-course meal contributed to making the evening a great success and we would particularly like to thank Guy and Helen for giving up their evening to add to our knowledge about antiques and collectables.