Digging for gold in Staffordshire as prices hit record highs

It has been reported in the world press that gold prices have hit a record high, writes Adrian Rathbone.

It is a well- known fact that in uncertain economic times, investors put their money into tangible assets, and in particular gold, as well as silver and other precious metals.

With continued fears over spikes in Covid-19 cases and the resulting economic damage, gold prices have surged by 30% this year and experts predict this trend to continue into September and beyond. It is seen as a ‘safe bet’ against falling currency. This is very good news for those looking to sell – the time is now to strike whilst prices are at a record high.

It was, therefore, fitting to see a solid gold cigarette case discovered at a recent valuation day at Hansons' country house saleroom Bishton Hall. Kate Bliss, a familiar face on TV antiques programmes, discovered the case.

She said: "The vendor inherited it and kept it in a drawer for many years. Dating from the reign of George VI and hallmarked for Chester 1938, the Art Deco case weighs an impressive 101 grams. It would certainly have been owned in its day be a very fashionable person. Although smoking is obviously no longer in vogue, there is a wealth of collectors for smoking-related accessories. It will more than likely be bought for its gold value."

The case carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,600-1,800 and is being offered in Hansons' Country House Fine Art Auction at Bishton Hall on October 8. Further entries of gold, silver, jewellery, antiques and collectables are being invited for inclusion in this international auction.

Wondering about the value of your jewellery, gold or silver? In this ever-changing market it is more important than ever to keep up to date.

For clients considering selling, Kate Bliss holds free valuation days at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffs, ST17 0XN, once a month on Thursdays. The events are free, safe and with social distancing measures in place. Kate Bliss will be at Bishton Hall on August 20, September 17 and October 15, 10am-3pm.

General valuations for all manner of antiques and collectables are held at Bishton every Wednesday, 5-7pm, and Thursdays, 10am-4pm. Free home visits can be arranged for large/multiple items or estate clearance advice.

For further information, please contact Adrian Rathbone at Hansons Auctioneers on 01889 358050 or email [email protected]