Drew Pritchard's Hidden Value: week 7 top finds

Mike Shaw
Written by: Mike Shaw
Posted on: 6 May 2016

When Hidden Value started, Drew proposed that most people have historical items in their home worth a few hundred pounds or more, typically jewellery passed down the generations or good quality items of furniture.

This week Drew selects some fine examples, plus a sketch with a touching story that rivals the value of any jewel.

Passe-partout

Passe-partout

Passe-partout

Clearly a very good quality item and, without handling it, I think it might be a little earlier than you mention, possibly 1880s. It's a shame the glass is missing on the back panel but it's easily fixed and the value would be around the £150 to £180 mark.

Sketch

Sketch

Sketch

This is a wonderful item and I've never seen the like before. The story really adds to the value and should be written down and placed with it including any names and dates. As a collectable item, I think at auction it would fetch between £200 and £300. One of my favourite items I've seen in years!

Modular furniture set

Modular furniture set

Modular furniture set

A handsome group, perhaps originally made for a solicitor or barrister's office. It looks like it was made between the 1920s and 1950s, possibly by Heals or Minty although I can't distinguish from the picture. Value wise, around £1,500 to £2,000.

Chairs

Chairs

Chairs

The caned back armchair seems to be of decent quality and still has the cushion. It looks French and 20th Century. They are still making replicas today, and the value is about £250 to £300. The Windsor armchair also looks turn of the century and good quality, value wise around £195.

Side table

Side table

Side table

It was made in the second half of the 19th Century and looks like it could have had a commercial use such as for collecting rent or as mobile auctioneering furniture. Unfortunately it has a low value of £60 to £80.

Set of chairs

Set of chairs

Set of chairs

These sets were produced for, and marketed by, Liberty of London. They would also have had a centre table with them, which is missing here. They manufactured an outdoor version for use in the garden, which were equally as popular. A delightful set even without the table. I’d value somewhere around £450 to £500.

As some of the choices from this week prove, even the most unlikely item can have hidden value.

So continue to send us your household items to see if they catch Drew’s expert eye.

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