The people of Staffordshire impressed TV personality Kate Bliss with a host of glittering treasures at her first free valuation event at Bishton Hall.
The star of TV’s Bargain Hunt and Flog It! visited the Georgian mansion at Wolseley Bridge in August to offer free valuations on behalf of Hansons Auctioneers. The firm has recently purchased the property, which dates back to circa 1750, and the former private school is now a Country House Auction Showroom.
Kate said: “I was overwhelmed by the response from the people of Rugeley and Staffordshire as a whole during my first visit to Bishton. We had a non-stop stream of more than 60 people who came to see me at what is a wonderful venue.
“They brought along a glittering array of items which, together, were worth more than £10,000. For example, I assessed a pair of Victorian silver entree dishes made in London in 1874 which gained an estimate of £800 to £1,200. I was also taken by two 1930s silver candelabras worth £1,000 to £1,500.
“I saw a Chopard 18ct Happy Bear diamond set pendant necklace worth £3,000 to £5,000, a fabulous Fabergé enamel egg pendant worth £600 to £900 and a solitaire diamond ring worth £1,200 to £1,800.
“If people like my guide prices, items can be consigned to auction with Hansons. I’m looking forward to coming back to Bishton see more treasures from homes in and around Rugeley. I’d love to help people unleash a windfall in time for Christmas.”
Kate Bliss will offer free valuations of jewellery, silver and watches at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire ST17 0XN, on Thursday, September 19, 10am-3pm. General antique valuations are available at Bishton every Thursday, 10am-4pm. Hansons is inviting items until October 4 for its Autumn Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver Auction. To find out more, email [email protected].