Gift from a mystery donor goes under hammer on TV when Flog It came to Calderdale

Waiting: volunteer Sylvia pictured with host Paul Martin and expert Michael Baggott while others look over the lots
Waiting: volunteer Sylvia pictured with host Paul Martin and expert Michael Baggott while others look over the lots
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THe lots were going once, going twice, as the BBC auction show Flog It came to Luddenden Foot.

The crew rolled in to Calder Valley Antiques to see items going under the hammer of auctioneer Ian Peace.

One of the items was a engraved caddy spoon with scalloped bowl.

It was donated to the Overgate Hospice shop in Brighouse.

The spoon was held back by staff so it could be valued after a member of the public donated it at the shop in Bethel Street.

Volunteer Sylvia Sowray took it to a valuation day in Saltaire where it was checked by expert Michael Baggott.

It was then decided to sell it at the special Flog It day.

Sylvia waited nervously through the speedy auction with host Paul Martin to find how much it went for.

The spoon was made by Duncan Urquhart and Naphtali Hart in London in 1805.

The estimation was for £50 to £100, with a reserve of £40. The price it fetched at auction cannot be revealed until the show is screened.

The spoon was the first of the Flog It items on a busy list at the auctioneers which was packed with fans and collectors alike and barely any standing room remained.

Sylvia said she was hopeful it would bring in vital extra pennies for the charity.

After the auction, expert Michael said: “It’s an entry-level spoon for a caddy spoon collector but they are specialist collectors.

“It’s an item that if you were starting out you would collect.

“It’s got a good value for its money but they have got a good fair market price.”

He said caddy spoons had been known to raise up to £6,000.

The daytime TV show will not be broadcast until the New Year.