Amberwood House hosted an ‘Antiques roadshow’-style valuation day with two potentially valuable items coming to light – a 19th century indian ivory chess set and an 18th century bureau bookcase.
Valuer Charles Wallrock, of Lymington based Wick Antiques, said the chess set was of “exceptional quality”, while the bookcase was the most “charming piece of 18th-century furniture you could wish to see”.
He has offered to restore it for owner Linda Thornton, after which it could be worth up to £5,000.
Mr Wallrock added: “This really was an interesting day with these two items coming totally out of the blue.”
The valuation day, together with an accompanying craft market, formed part of a public open day at the Ferndown home designed to strengthen community links.
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