Centuries-old pitcher with royal pedigree found on top of wardrobe

Picture Caption: This pitcher dates back to circa 1750

An 18th century pitcher rescued from the top of a Lichfield wardrobe and used to hold coins could make its owner some serious money at auction.

The German Westerwald pitcher in blue and white is monogrammed with the initials GR for King George II. Born in 1683, he was king of Britain and Ireland from 1727 to 1760.

The object was spotted by antiques valuer Victoria Sheppard at a weekly free valuation event held at the Hedgehog Inn, Stafford Road, Lichfield, on Monday (Jan 15) by Hansons Auctioneers.

She said: “It’s a beautiful object dating back to circa 1750, making it more than 260 years old. Its owner had no idea it was of any value. It had been kept on top of a wardrobe and used to store coins.

“It features geometric patterns against a blue background and is a really lovely piece. I have given it a guide price of £140-£180.”

The pitcher is destined for Hansons’ February Antiques & Collectables Auction. The closing date for entries is February 2.

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, said: “This is yet another amazing find in Lichfield. In December, Hansons sold three Chinese bowls, discovered at the same valuation event, for a combined total of £62,000 – much to their owner’s delight.

“They had estimates of £500-£800 each and had been bought by our client’s father at junk shops in the 1950s or 60s for no more than £1 each.

“The discovery of this wonderful pitcher shows, yet again, that the people of Lichfield are sitting unwittingly on some incredible treasures that could deliver a windfall at auction.”

Hansons Auctioneers holds free valuations every Monday (except bank holidays) at The Hedgehog Inn, Stafford Road, Lichfield, WS13 8JB, from 10.30am-12.30pm. All welcome. To find out more, email [email protected] or call 01283 733988.