On Wednesday 31 October, BBC TV presenters, valuers and auctioneers Christina Trevanion and Timothy Medhurst visited Bramshott Place to offer free antiques valuations for residents of the village and visitors from the region.
Christina, known for her appearances on the BBC antiques programmes Bargain Hunt, Flog It!, Antiques Road Trip and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, and Timothy, a regular on Antiques Road Trip, were at the village from 10am until 2pm. The occasion was the second in a new series of events by Inspired Villages, the company behind Bramshott Place, called The Grand Antiques Tour, which visited the later living provider’s Durrants Village in West Sussex the day before. The tour will continue across the other Inspired Villages communities next year.
Many of us are the owners of intriguing antiques and curious hand-me-downs or have collected quirky finds over the years. Residents of Bramshott Place and the surrounding area were offered an appointment with Christina or Tim for a free valuation to see if they own a secret fortune. Over 120 people turned out to Bramshott Place’s glorious central clubhouse, bringing a fascinating range of items including pictures, pottery, jewellery, silver and ceramics and much more.
Christina and Tim kicked off the event with a talk about their experience of working with antiques and filming the BBC’s popular antiques programmes, giving some behind-the-scenes insight. Guests enjoyed complimentary refreshments whilst waiting for their valuation and took the opportunity to socialise with other guests and residents, sharing the stories of the items they had brought along. Guests also had the opportunity to receive a tour of the village and its show homes.
Among the most delighted guests to discover the value of their item were Mick and Maggie Lofting from Liphook who found out a French terracotta sculpture that has been in their family for over seventy years is worth up to £1,400, Nikita Foot from Cranleigh who discovered her late Georgian brass ‘honour’ tobacco box is worth up to £500 and Chris and Cherry Blackmore from Liphook who were told an early 20th century carriage clock they inherited is worth up to £400.
Rebecca Parker-Barabich, Group Events Manager at Inspired Villages Group, said: “It was great to see so many lovely people come along to our antiques event at Bramshott Place. I was fascinated by all the different pieces and quality of items that people have collected and it was wonderful to see their reactions to their valuations. Christina and Tim were absolutely fantastic and we can’t wait to take the tour to our other Inspired Villages communities across the country next year.”
Christina Trevanion is a familiar face of daytime television and also co-runs her own auction house in Shropshire, Trevanion & Dean. After studying Fine Arts Valuation at the University of Southampton, Christina worked for some of the UK’s most renowned auction houses and she is a member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers, at which she was awarded a Fellow grade in 2018, recognition given only to the most highly qualified and experienced auctioneers in the country. She is also a member of the prestigious Society of Jewellery Historians and The Arts Society.
Timothy Medhurst is a freelance consultant and auctioneer. He worked in the auction industry for ten years before setting up his own company selling coins and antiquities, Timothy Medhurst Coins and Antiquities, which is based in Dorset. Tim features as an expert on the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip, often alongside Christina, scouring the countryside for interesting antiques. He is also often heard on BBC Radio Solent talking antiques and collectables alongside live valuations. In 2013, Tim was named “Antiques Young Gun” of the year by the antique industry.
For more information about the Inspired Villages Grand Antiques Tour visit www.inspiredantiques.co.uk. For more information about the homes available at Bramshott Place please contact the sales team on 01428 787 331, or visit www.bramshottplace.co.uk.
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