Antique owls found in Kenilworth which were set to be thrown out soar to auction success

By James Smith

8th May 2022 | Local News

Hansons are set to return to Kenilworth for another free valuation in May (Image by Hansons Auctioneers)
Hansons are set to return to Kenilworth for another free valuation in May (Image by Hansons Auctioneers)

Two owls plucked from a bric-a-brac box - and destined for a charity shop - have earned their owner an unexpected auction windfall.

They soared above their estimate to make nearly £1,000 at auction and proved that being a wise owl can pay dividends.

The dusty birds were spotted by Charles Hanson, TV antiques expert and owner of Hansons Auctioneers, at a free valuation event at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall in Kenilworth, a regular venue for Hansons' experts.

Charles said: "The vendor was going to throw them away – or give them away to a charity shop.

"They didn't think they could be worth anything. But they turned out to be a pair of late Victorian silver novelty pepper pots.

The Victorian birds raised nearly £1,000 when they went under the hammer (Image by Hansons Auctioneers)

"They were dated 1897 and hallmarked GF, probably standing for silversmith George Fox of London.

"The Fox family founded a silversmith company at 139 Old Street, Goswell Street, in 1801 and produced consistently high-quality pieces for several decades.

"Once the grime was removed from those 125-year-old owls, two realistically-cast figures with glass eyes emerged. They went to auction in April with a guide price of £300-£500 but smashed their estimate to reach £850.

"It was a fantastic result for our client and a reminder that being a wise owl pays off, especially when it comes to having items professionally assessed."

The dusty birds were spotted by Charles Hanson at a free valuation event in Kenilworth (Image by Pictoria)

Hansons are set to return to Kenilworth for another free valuation in May to assess items for auction.

Hansons valuers, including jewellery and silver expert Isabel Murtough, books expert Jim Spencer and toys/railwayana valuer Mark Holder will be at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Warwick Road on May 12, 10am-4pm.

"Why not come along and share your show-and-tell objects," Charles added.

You may be surprised to learn about their historical significance and decide to sell in a vibrant auction market achieving impressive prices for all kinds of collectors' items."

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