Sweet Smell of Success in Cheshire
All manner of antiques and collectables have been brought to the Hansons monthly valuation days.
Items have included a fine 19th Century silver condiment stand worth £600-800 and a series of Lowry signed prints valued collectively at up to £12,000.
The free charity valuation days are held at The Coach and Four Pub in Wilmslow. Hansons Auctioneers offer the valuations and in return members of the public make a donation to Francis House.
One of the most unusual collections to come through the doors has been a series of seventeen 19th Century glass scent bottles.
Scent bottles were carried about by the middle and upper classes essentially as a status symbol. Scent was very expensive so this most prized of liquids was kept in an equally grand vessel. The bottles were all double-ended meaning each bottle could contain differing scents. One in particular was very elaborate as it was set with semi-precious stones. Another by the highly collectable maker R. Mordan.
Free valuation days are held once a month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Coach & Four, 69-71 Alderley Rd, Wilmslow, SK9 1PA. The next event is Thursday 21st September followed by the 19th October and 16th November.