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Caernarfon
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A "stunning" lantern clock made in the early 17th century, a local set of chairs worth £25,000, and a 200-year-old bleeding bowl bought for 25 pence-and now worth £6000-are among the items discovered when Michael Aspel and the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK visits Caernarfon in North Wales.



17th-century lantern clock appraised by Alan Midleton

17th-century lantern clock "A really stunning and very early lantern clock," says Alan Midleton when he sees the clock which was made between 1630 and 1650. The owner of the clock bought it for £100 in an antiques shop but didn't realize how old it was, though he has seen a similar one in the British Museum dated 1620. Alan notices that it was "converted" from a balance wheel to a pendulum control early in its life in order to make it more accurate, but says there is no earthly reason to change it back. The clock is worth £4,000 ($6,000), although if it had had its original movement it might be worth as much as £7,000 ($10,500).

 

19th-century hat stand and chairs appraised by Christopher Payne

19th-century hat stand and chairs Furniture expert Christopher Payne is shown a hat stand and 25 chairs purchased by the Caernarfon Harbour Trust for their new offices in 1840. An armchair for the chairman and 24 chairs for the rest of the trustees were bought with a budget of "not more than a guinea" (just over £1) for each chair. The hat stand is over 8 feet high and designed for top hats. Christopher describes it as a "terrifying-looking instrument." He is amazed that the chairs only cost a guinea each originally and thinks they were bought off the shelf, rather than specially made. The chairs are still used today. The hat stand is now worth £4,500 ($6,750) and the set of chairs £25,000 ($37,500).

 

Bleeding bowl appraised by Lars Tharp

Bleeding bowl The owner of a bleeding bowl thought it was a "rather fancy soap dish" when she bought it for 25 pence at a junk shop. Lars Tharp explains that this English delftware bowl was made in the 18th century and would have been used for bleeding veins when people were unwell. This would probably have been done at the barbershop rather than at home. The owner explains that the woman in the shop gave her rather a pitying look when she bought this little chipped bowl and her husband has told her "not to buy any more rubbish." But this time "the tables have been turned," says Lars, when he tells her it is worth £5,000 to £6,000 ($7,500 to $9,000). The owner is speechless.

 

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