Sometimes, sifting through a junk shop’s stock or the accumulated heirlooms and trinkets stored away in your garage or loft can turn up something really exciting, and quite possibly valuable too. The allure of finding these treasures can quickly become addictive, and for Drew Pritchard it turned into a lifelong love as well as a career.
There’s no shortage of interesting finds this week, and Drew has selected some of the best for further investigation.
Although having huge decorative appeal, without handling this it’s difficult to tell if it's in period or a copy. The value of the piece has been mostly taken away due to the fact it has been glued to a piece of cardboard. But purely as a decorative item, it could be valued between £150 to £180.
The value of the poster is totally for its decorative appeal. Sold as a single poster, it is worth around £80 to £120. If you had the three it would increase to £350 for the set. They would be more valuable if they were in colour too.
A nice, small item that is a good comment on social history and would be collected by coin collectors or people looking for mementoes of Manchester. It would be more valuable if it had the key, but I’d put the current value between £80 and £100.
A lion can be English for the year 1869 or the period 1852 - 1865. A lion rampant is the sterling standard mark and JK will be the maker’s mark. If this were English it would need to have 5 marks, which this doesn't appear to have.
I think this is a symbol for the Scottish Knights Templar and likely from the Grand Tour era of the late 18th to early 19th Century. It's highly likely that it was used for carrying smelling salts. I’d have to weigh it to get a correct value, but I would think around the £300 to £400 mark would be reasonable.
Another nice item in really lovely condition. This benefits hugely from having its own case and no cracks to the glass. Value wise we'd be looking at around the £180 mark for this.
As you can see, even seemingly unimportant items like an old moneybox can have financial value as well as historical and cultural importance. Have a sift through your shelves and cupboards and put something into Hidden Value and you could find out what it’s really worth.