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Experts on hand for free appraisals at Cape fair

Most families with traceable roots have a memento from a bygone era that could have intrinsic value. It could be a chintz tea set, a Jewish Menorah or Kiddish Cup, rare books, or a piece of furniture or work of art that has been handed down for generations.

Clyde Terry, organiser of antique fairs around the country, says many people have such heirlooms tucked away in cupboards and have no idea they could be quite valuable.

Many families who own collections handed down from generation to generation may wonder if they are worth anything, or whether the porcelain figurine gathering dust in a cupboard may be from one of the well-known British china and pottery works, such as Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and Moorcroft, but may not know where to go to have these items valued.

Others may not be sure whether the silver tea set they inherited is solid silver or plate, or whether the coins their great-grandfather collected could include the rare one the world is looking for, he says.

“The dusty painting that belonged to their great-aunt could be a long-lost South African Old Master’s painting. An ancestor’s military memorabilia might be worth something, and that 1970s designer bag they bought in Paris could be worth more than they paid for it. Many people would love to have such items valued, but do not know where to go for an expert appraisal.”

The valuations service at the upcoming National Cape Antiques Fair, to be held in Constantia from November 17 to 19, will offer a one-off opportunity for the public to bring in their most cherished items to be appraised, he says.

Anton Welz, of well-respected auctioneers Stephan Welz, and his team of experts in collecting field will be on hand to appraise items at the event.

Valuators usually charge a percentage of what an item is worth, but at the National Cape Antiques Fair the valuations will be done in aid of SA Riding for Disabled (Sarda), a charitable organisation that does valuable work. There will be no fixed valuation fee, but those who make use of the service are encouraged to make a donation when having an item valued.

Anton Welz says: “The valuations service at the National Cape Antiques Fair will provide an opportunity for people to know what prized items are worth, or who simply want to know the piece’s provenance to consult with us. We are always amazed at what people bring. Many have no idea that an ‘old ugly figurine’ is actually a rare example of Royal Doulton, or that their silver tea set is highly collectable Cape silver.”

Clyde Terry says doing the rounds at antique shops, auctions and fairs is part of being an avid collector. “Many say the fun is often in the journey to find that elusive piece that will complete your collection or get you started on another.”

The National Cape Antiques Fair will be held from 10am to 6pm on November 17, 18 and 19 at the Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Main Road, Constantia. The entrance fee is R50 per person in aid of Sarda. Valuations will take place daily from 10am to 4pm, with donations in aid of Sarda.

A Charity Opening Night will be held on Thursday for the “Who’s Who” of the collecting world. Tickets at R100 per person can be bought at the door or through www.quicket.co.za.

For more information, call Clyde Terry on 0828834933 or visit www.naada.co.za

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