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An Antiques Roadshow style event could unearth some of your hidden treasures.

The history of a much-loved junk shop find has already been uncovered by Antiques Roadshow expert George Archdale of Cheffins Antiques, the company backing Peterborough’s own version of the popular TV show.

George will be working alongside Lady Victoria Leatham, a fellow Antiques Roadshow regular, hoping to unearth some hidden treasures at the Antiques Valuation Day, being held in support of the Thorpe Hall Hospice Capital Appeal.


And he found his first in the home of Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson, whose wife Sarah is helping to organise the event at the Red Lion in Warmington, near Oundle on Saturday, September 20.

“The table was the first piece of furniture Sarah and I bought together, just after we married,” said Stewart. “We spotted it in a junk shop going cheap because it was missing two chairs – it only has six instead of eight. I think we got the owner down to about £100 but we had to clean it up and get it home ourselves.

“I liked its sturdy shape and, in the past few years, we have had some lovely meals with great friends sat around it.”

George immediately identified the table as having been made in the late 1920s or early 1930s out of walnut wood with a mirror top.

“A slice of wood was cut straight down the middle to give two sides exactly the same,” he explained. “It is a very nice piece, very thick and nicely carved. On the underside there’s a metal nameplate bearing the words ‘The Celerity’ Patent A H Chilver’. “

George said: “I’d value the table at around £800 so Stewart has made a decent return on his money. It’s a fascinating story. I really hope everyone takes time to look in their attics or bring that old painting off the wall to be valued on the Antiques Valuation Day – there’s always a story to be told.”

George and other Cheffins experts will be on hand from 11am until 4pm. Visitors are invited to bring one item for valuation with the entry fee of £15 including lunch or afternoon tea.

He said: “We will be able to tell you not only the value of your painting, furniture or ornament, but perhaps something about its history too. You never know, that old painting could be a Monet or that scruffy chair a Chippendale!”

All the money raised on the day will help boost the £6 million Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal, funding the building of a new hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough to serve the region for generations to come.

Cheffins is a firm of surveyors, valuers, property advisers and auctioneers with offices in Cambridge, Ely, Haverhill, Newmarket, Saffron Walden and St Ives.

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