About 10 years ago I was on holiday in Woodbridge in Suffolk and I visited an antique shop. I found a desk from the 1930's that had only been owned by one person, the dealer told me. I bought it and when I took it home found, in a secret compartment, the original letter that had been given to this lady (Muriel) in 1936.
Being the second owner of this piece that had clearly been cherished by the previous owner made me realise how wonderful it is to preserve items from the past- especially when they are well made and have a story to tell.
Do you have any cherished items from the past that have been given to you or have been passed by decent. Or have you ever found a little treasure like mine?
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The Antiques Road show is as popular as ever and hasn’t changed that much since its inception in the late 70’s as last Sunday’s episode revealed. The program attracts wider audiences and is comforting to watch on a Sunday night. Part of its appeal is that it brings people together in a gorgeous setting such as Castle Howard. But most importantly it makes the public realise that there are still finds, albeit less now, and beautiful items to be discovered that are sometimes astonishingly valuable.
Being in the antiques trade myself, I love watching it as the idea of quality and craftsmanship is always at its core whether it’s a diamond broach or a drawing by a well-known artist. The fact that some people really have an eye for the exceptional without knowing it is always awe-inspiring...