Free expert valuations at Burntwood Library for antiques and jewellery

A SPECIAL valuation event offering free appraisals and advice on all types of jewellery and antiques takes place at Burntwood Library on Tuesday, May 30.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers will be at the library on Sankeys Corner, Bridge Cross Road, from 2pm to 4.30pm.

“Detail is absolutely crucial when assessing all types of antiques, especially ceramics and jewellery,” said Ben Winterton.

“If you have any heirlooms or items of which you are unsure, it’s always a good idea to come and see us for professional, specialist advice as you may have something which is worth hundreds or even thousands of pounds at auction.”

A detail from the pastoral scene painted by Arthur William Redgate, which sold for £1,000.
A detail from a pastoral scene painted by Arthur William Redgate, which sold for £1,000.

Successful sales for Burntwood clients include collections of timepieces, which sold for more than £30,000 at auction in Lichfield following free valuations with the family firm.

Other major Burntwood finds included the huge collection of 750,000 postcards accumulated by Jane Westwood, another selection from which feature in Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ Collectors Sale on Wednesday, May 31, which also includes medals and militaria, vintage and modern toys, and stamps.

Recent sales at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, have included a George III mahogany and brass bracket clock selling at £2,000 and two Paragon tea cups and saucers which made £1,000.

Clockwise, from left: Two Paragon tea cups and saucers sold at auction for £1,000, this George III mahogany and brass bracket clock sold for £2,000 and a George III stained fruitwood melon-shaped tea caddy sold at auction for £1,050 recently.
Clockwise, from left: Two Paragon tea cups and saucers sold at auction for £1,000, this George III mahogany and brass bracket clock sold for £2,000 and a George III stained fruitwood melon-shaped tea caddy sold for £1,050.

“A great example of an especially fortuitous valuation was the case of two vases originally bought by a Staffordshire woman for just €8 at a Spanish car boot sale,” said senior valuer Sarah Williams.

“She only bought the vases on a whim because she liked their colour and style and, having decided to redecorate at home, brought the items in to one of our pop-up valuations.

“They turned out to be Art Nouveau vases by the renowned European manufacturer Loetz, dating back to 1900, and sold at auction in Lichfield for £1,200!

“Bought for the equivalent of £7, sitting doing nothing in her lounge to making top estimate under the hammer – it just goes to show why it’s a good idea to come and get a professional valuation.”

A free valuation was the first step to a Staffordshire woman discovering that two vases she bought on a whim for £7 were Art Nouveau treasures by renowned manufacturer Loetz. They sold at auction in Lichfield for £1,200.
A free valuation was the first step to a Staffordshire woman discovering that two vases she bought on a whim for £7 were Art Nouveau treasures by renowned manufacturer Loetz. They sold at auction in Lichfield for £1,200.

Sarah added: “Other interesting auction results which have taken clients by surprise recently include a George III stained fruitwood tea caddy shaped like a melon. It was ripe for restoration yet still sold for £1,050.

“The same auction saw an oil painting of a pastoral landscape by Arthur William Redgate (1860-1906) sell at £1,000 and a Liberty Tudric pewter biscuit box designed by Archibald Knox fetch £850.

“So, whatever your heirloom or curiosity, do drop in and see us on May 30 and we’ll discover if you’re sitting on some real-life hidden treasure.”

Telephone 01543 251081 or email office@richardwinterton.co.uk to book a free home visit for large collections or to discuss full or partial house clearances.

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