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300-year-old pottery uncovered at valuation day

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

The event saw more than thirty members of the public through the doors at the Coach and Four on Alderley Road.

Fine arts expert Adrian Rathbone from Derbyshire based Hansons auctioneers, was delighted to uncover a rare piece of early pottery.

The Staffordshire slipware charger, one of the earliest types of primitive pottery before porcelain, 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 went on to fetch £2,400 at Hansons fine arts auction in June, and was bought by a UK private collector.

“Many people sit on items of value for decades. They often go unnoticed, gathering dust in drawers or cupboards,” added Adrian.

Anyone keen to know the value of their prized heirlooms can come along for a free valuation in return for a donation to Francis House.

Future valuation days held at The Coach & Four, 69/71 Alderley Road, Wilmslow SK9 1PA are on select Thursday’s each month (Aug 17, Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16) between 11 am and 2pm. Hansons Valuations Flyer