TV hunts for hidden treasures

Flog It! at Alnwick Castle.
Flog It! at Alnwick Castle.

ANTIQUES and collectables of all shapes and sizes kept the experts busy when TV show Flog It! came to Alnwick this week, writes Stacey Barlow.

Presenter Paul Martin and valuers including Anita Manning set up at Alnwick Castle to run an eye over a host of treasures brought in by their owners.

Flog It! at Alnwick Castle.'John Atkin from Alnwick Lions charity bookshop with a RAF booklet that was handed in there.

Flog It! at Alnwick Castle.'John Atkin from Alnwick Lions charity bookshop with a RAF booklet that was handed in there.

Collections of postcards and coins, paintings and glassware were valued outside, before a turn in the weather drove them into the Guest Hall.

One of the top finds of the day was a book detailing the names of ships launched at Swan Hunter shipyard, complete with painted insignias from each ship and all the dignitaries that were there on that day.

Another regional item valued was a Maling plate, dating from the 18th century in Newcastle.

Series producer Pete Smith said: “It’s great that we’re getting items with regional significance as well as the expected collections.”

Flog It! at Alnwick Castle.'Presenter Paul Martin.

Flog It! at Alnwick Castle.'Presenter Paul Martin.

Among the more unusual pieces was a pony’s hoof, complete with shoe and covered in hallmarked Scottish silver dating from 1908, which had been turned into an inkwell. It was valued at between £50 to £80.

Owners who decide to sell their items will see them go under the hammer at Boldon Auction Galleries in East Boldon on September 21.

Flog It! at Alnwick Castle.'Claire Frater discusses her English glass jug with an expert.

Flog It! at Alnwick Castle.'Claire Frater discusses her English glass jug with an expert.