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Allan Blackburn.
Allan Blackburn.
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Recently, I received a call from a lady who wanted me to value a wonderful piece of Moorcroft pottery.

She brought it into the centre and we valued it for her.

She then asked me if I would like to buy it from her, which I agreed to, as the piece really was beautiful and I knew it would sell quickly in the centre.

As we were chatting she explained that this was only one of hundreds of pieces in her home and would I like to go to her house to value (and possibly buy) any other pieces.

It turned out that his sassy lady already knew the value of the Moorcroft piece and was using it as a test.

This is a valuable lesson and the lady deserves a pat on the back for this.

There are so many rogue traders and con men out there, that before parting with anything, letting people into your home or giving anyone an opportunity to value your treasured possessions, make sure they are reputable, fair and can be trusted.

Once I’d proved to her that I was a genuine guy with an honourable business and a passion for antiques, I got to see her home.

In all my years I have never seen anything like it.

She was being conservative when she said there were hundreds of antiques.

I would say there were thousands.

Every surface was covered in smalls.

Every windowsill, shelf, table, everything had a piece of value on it.

It was clear this wasn’t a one man job.

I got my son Jimmy and two staff to help; we examined each piece, gave her a good price, wrapped them and packed them away.

There were teapots, lustre ware, ornaments, fine porcelain, many dinner services and vases.

It was a very tiring day for us all.

Jimmy and I got many boxes full of nice pieces that we can sell in the centre and the lady got to finally declutter her house after many years and make some money in the process.