Three hundred year old pottery uncovered at charity valuation day


An antiques valuation day held in Wilmslow to raise funds for Francis House Children's Hospice has turned up some rare finds.

Fine arts expert Adrian Rathbone was delighted to uncover a Staffordshire slipware charger, one of the earliest types of primitive pottery before porcelain, which was brought in by a local resident who had inherited it.

Adrian said: "It's very rare to find a piece like this outside of a museum. The charger dates from around 1720 and will no doubt appeal to connoisseurs as an academic piece of historical importance."

The charger could fetch between £1,500 and £2,000 and will go into a fine arts auction on June 30th.

Also of interest were a number of antique silver pieces including a large entrée dish from the early 19th century.

Adrian said "It is very rare to find an entrée dish in solid silver, they are normally plated. I've only seen a few in my career. The owner felt it was time for the items to find a new home and was curious about their value." The dish was valued at around £1,500.

Anyone keen to know the value of their prized heirlooms can go along for a free valuation in return for a donation to Francis House. The next valuation day is being held at The Coach & Four on Thursday, May 18th between 11 am and 2pm.

Photo: Helen Smith from Hansons with the Staffordshire slipware charger.

Francis House Hospice


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Karen Flower
Thursday 18th May 2017 at 11:11 am
The Valuation days are held every month until November 2017 - (June 15, July 20, Aug 17, Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16). Thank you to the Coach & Four, Hansons Valuers and Auctioneers, and for listing the event, and to the members of the public who make donations on the day to Francis House Children's Hospice!