Drew Pritchard’s Hidden Value: Week 1 top finds

Mike Shaw
Written by: Mike Shaw
Posted on: 23 March 2016

Antiques expert and TV star Drew Pritchard loves finding incredible and unique items on his travels around the UK.

According to Drew it’s pretty common for most people to have an item or two in their house which is worth quite a bit more than they think.

Drew has picked a selection of items submitted to Hidden Value so far, and offered his expert insight into each.

Drawing desk

Drawing desk

Drawing desk

Drew says: “This is a classic piece of 1950s English design, and the kind of item that people have hanging around without realising its value. It’s still very useable although not rare as desks like this were made in vast quantities to a very good standard.

“Usually these desks were made by a British manufacturer called Admel. If it’s in good condition with all its original parts then they can fetch from £350 to £500. They used to have matching stools and if the desk has one then it can be worth more.”

First World War diary

First World War diary

First World War diary

“There are two ways to see this fascinating piece. Obviously it’s a one-off, and its value to the family is almost priceless. But of course it would also be of interest to history buffs, and especially those who specialise in the First World War.

“If I was to put a commercial value on it then we’re looking at somewhere between £200 and £300, but really I shouldn’t think this will ever come up for sale due to its importance to the owners.“

Teddy bear

Teddy bear

Teddy bear

Old teddy bears do have real commercial value. The most popular, and the ones which command the highest prices, are by a German company called Steiff. To find out if this one is a Steiff bear you would have to check its ear for a brass button with the maker's name.

As a standard 80-year old bear, it's worth about £60 to £100 but if it’s a Steiff it could be in the region of £400 to £500.

Walking stick fishing pole

Walking stick fishing pole

Walking stick fishing pole

This is a highly unusual piece of country fishing memorabilia: a walking stick that converts into a fishing pole. These antique fishing poles are actually very sought after and collectable because they are so scarce. I would put a value of between £500 to £800 on this. The carving of the warrior and the fish may have some significance but I would need to see more pictures to delve deeper into this item, nonetheless the carving does add to the value, purely because it's so unusual.

Wooden chest

Wooden chest

Wooden chest

This type of wooden chest was commonly used as a tool chest but I think this one would be just a simple travel chest. It’s the type you would find at the end of a bed in a boarding school dormitory. The steel handles and straps to the side are attractive and increase the value. It would have almost certainly been painted a colour and would have been stripped off in the 1980s when there was a craze for it. Value wise, about £200 to £300.

So there are Drew’s thoughts on some of the best entries so far. Keep sending in your items to Drew Pritchard’s Hidden Value and you could find out if that old knick-knack your Nan left you is worth anything.

Remember, Drew’s appraisals are not in-depth and may not reflect market values.

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