Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Retired postman filmed for BBC's Flog It!

VALUING antiques can be a matter of opinion, so when Norman Ingram took some of his possessions to a valuation event for the BBC’s Flog It! programme in Reading last week he was optimistic

VALUING antiques can be a matter of opinion, so when Norman Ingram took some of his possessions to a valuation event for the BBC’s Flog It! programme in Reading last week he was optimistic.

The 73-year-old retired postman from Henley had hoped that three Dutch glasses he had paid £10 for at a car boot sale on the Isle of Wight would be worth around £2,000.

But one of the experts said they dated back to the 19th century, not around 200 years earlier as Norman had believed, and would fetch only £150. “I was a bit blown away because I had got the value from a guide book,” says Norman.

“I would have sold them if they were worth more but they have more value to me than that and are worth keeping.”

Apparently, the glasses would have been worth more if the glass at the base was thicker and they had a pommel.

Norman, who worked as postman in Bix before retiring 10 years ago, also took a loving cup and silver bon-bon tray to be valued at the show in Reading town hall, which was being filmed for broadcast later this year. The tray was also valued at £150 but the expert didn’t think much at all of the loving cup.

Norman says: “I don’t know why because it’s solid silver and that is worth quite a bit. I thought it would be worth something.”

The three items were only a small selection of the antiques that he keeps in the living room of his home in Reading Road which he shares with his wife Tricia, 61.

These include a compass from a Tiger Moth biplane, an early 20th century crystal bowl and a scale model of the Titanic.

Norman started collecting antiques as a hobby when he was in his late fifties and regularly peruses Henley’s antique and charity shops looking for bargains.

“I dabble to be honest,” he says. “I tend to keep the items because I enjoy them. I try to barter with the people I’m buying from and like to think I’m as good at bargaining as them.”

Despite his Flog It! experience, he has not been put off his hobby.

“I did think the glasses would be worth more but all antiques dealers get their fingers burned sometimes,” he says.

“On the plus side I did get a hug from Anita Manning, one of the experts!”



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