Many thanks to all those who came along to the Dulverton Antiques Valuation Day on Saturday 23 September – and particularly the expert valuers from our friends at Adam Partridge Autioneers.
Visitors were invited to bring along their antiques, jewellery, fine art & collectors’ items. For a donation of £5 (for a maximum of three items) the specialists on hand gave a valuation and history of the items that were brought along. A lovely cotton tablecloth bought in a junk shop 40 years ago was discovered to have an amazing maritime history, dating from August 2014 with a value of £150+ being placed on it!
There was also a new fun competition at the event, when visitors (and the experts!) were asked to guess “WHAT IS THE ANTIQUE ITEM?” Three unique antique items were generously loaned for the competition by local friends and displayed…
No 1 – a Victorian Silver Plated Spoon Warmer (made by Elkington & Co and dating from 1880)
No 2 – a 20th Century Wooden Ruan – a traditional Chinese lute (plucked string instrument).
No 3 – a Victorian Copper Beer Strainer (which had to be displayed upside down)
And the winners are…. Sarah and Steve Adams of Dulverton who correctly guessed two of the three items. They will receive the prize of a bottle of wine donated by Dulverton’s Town Mills B&B! Many thanks to all those that took part in the competition in great humour. A favourite guess was that the Spoon Warmer was a headless three-legged silver hedgehog!
Visit Dulverton always likes to promote the message of “repair, reuse, repurpose, recycle” with other stalls at the event – including Oggies Music Shop of Dulverton, Tim Venning’s Workshop (who can be found regularly at the Dulverton Farmers Market) and the team from the Somerset Waste Partnership who took donations of unwanted smart tech to recycle. Somerset’s bright blue Fixy Van was parked right outside the door!