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.

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