St Andrews hotelier Eric Brown had a pleasant surprise when it emerged that a golf club he bought at a car boot sale in London for £20 was valued at between £600 and £800 by collectables’ expert Jon Baddely.
General manager of the Best Western Scores Hotel, he is a long-time collector of golfing memorabilia - his great uncle J.G.Hutcheson from Troon was the first professional at Royal Porthcawl GC and his grandfather, Andrew Hutcheson, was a founder member of the Troon Merchants GC - and picked up the putter at the outdoor sale at Camden Town.
He told the Citizen,”I bought it some 25 years ago. The putter is dated 1890 and is commonly known as a Sunday stick.”
A large whisky jar dating from the 1880s attracted the attention of another expert, Judith Miller, which was taken along to the roadshow by retired insurance broker, Gordon Senior, from St Andrews.
He explained,”It was discovered in the attic of a Perthshire hotel by my stepdaughter, Moira Ogilvie. It would have been used in pubs and other licensed premises before the introduction of optic measures with the tap being turned on to pour a dram.”
Mr Senior still uses the whisky jar, which was valued at £1000, when hosting dinner parties at his home in the town and over the years it has proved to be an interesting topic of conversation.
Mrs Margaret Tulloch and her husband, Roger, from St Andrews, took the opportunity to have several pieces of jewellery and watches valued.
In particular, the couple were keen to have an expert’s view of a beautiful Omega ladies’ gold watch - it was gift some years ago to Mrs Tulloch from an aunt - and a stunning gentleman’s 18-carat gold pocket watch, which had belonged to Roger’s father.
Retired teacher Dave Seth from St Andrews was another who queued up with a painting by the German artist Herman Heinrich Schafer of a scene of The Square in Antwerp to have it valued.
There was disappointment, however, for retired solicitor Sandy Green, who stumped the experts with a framed £100 note issued by the Commercial Bank of Scotland in 1947.
He had hoped that he could have the unusual banknote valued at the event, but even the combined efforts of three of the roadshow team failed to come up with an answer leaving Mr Green none the wiser.