October Visit to Tennants
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We enjoyed a fascinating day at the Tennants auction house in Leyburn. I expected to find a crusty old auction room but this was so
The Chairman, Rodney Tennant, guided us through the whole day first of all talking about the formation of the company from its inception by his grandfather to the present day.
It is a newly built, very large, multi-functional building enabling a variety of events to be staged, from weddings and pop gigs to a Halle Orchestra concert. We spent time looking around the actual auction room poking through many items from junk to valuables.
There was also an exhibition by the Embroiderers Guild of several dozen embroidered hearts depicting the First World War, each one quite heart-rending and often with a plaque in memory of a relative.
We had been given the opportunity of taking along our own possessions to be identified and valued, and after an excellent lunch Rodney Tennant and a few of his expert valuers went through our offerings. We did wonder if anyone would be going home in a Rolls Royce after the valuations but ours were of a more modest nature ranging from two small, radioactive Vaseline glasses, a Lalique vase, small Chinese ornaments, a seaman’s telescope, various pieces of jewellery and watches, including a Rolex, cameras, double Albert gold watch chains, some ancient Japanese wooden toggles, a Steiff bear and a Chinese red-stoneware 18C teapot.
A double eagle American coin was probably the most valuable item submitted. After all this excitement we again repaired to the dining room for delicious scones and cakes (truly a day for everyone!) before departing for home.