Treasures unearthed

The finds at a valuation day in Bridgnorth are expected to raise between £14,000 and £18,000 for their owners. The event held at St Mary’s Church in November was organised by local actioners Halls. Jewellery and silver specialist Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley said, “Several people brought in large jewellery collections and highlights included an amber bead necklace which I estimate will fetch between £500 and £700. Its value lies in its egg-yolk, butterscotch colour, which is usually sold by weight, like gold.”

As well as jewellery, Maryanne also identified a rare George III Spade Guinea coin and a 1970s Omega Speedmaster watch with all its original parts and a unique serial number which could fetch its owner well over £6,000 at auction. The items will go under the hammer at the Antiques and Interiors Auction at Halls Auction Room in Shrewsbury on Wednesday 8 January, or on Wednesday 18 March at the Spring Specialist Fine Art Auction.

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