£1 Car boot sale bargain to go to auction at £200/£300


July 19, 2017

Here is an interesting piece that recently came into a valuation day that we hold every Monday in the saleroom and at selected venues in the County. It will be auctioned in the Fine Art & Antiques auction on the 11th August.

Here is an interesting piece that recently came into a valuation day that we hold every Monday in the saleroom and at selected venues in the County. It will be auctioned in the Fine Art & Antiques auction on the 11th August.

Bought by a lady at a car boot sale in Withernsea she asked my opinion of. Well this is my catalogue description;

A George III gilt metal and Blue John pendant, circa 1800, depicting a kneeling and shackled slave set within a Blue John mount, diameter 5 cm.

This image was chosen by the Quaker Society for Effecting of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1787, it often comes with the motto "Am I not a man and a brother", it was widely used by Josiah Wedgwood, an ardent Abolitionist in his Jasper ware pottery.

William Wilberforce (1759 -1833), born in Hull and elected to Parliament at the age of 21, he became converted to the abolition in the late 1780's. He campaigned tirelessly and on the 25th March, 1807, the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act abolished the Slave Trade in the British colonies. This did not abolish slavery, just the trade in slaves, so he continued campaigning until the Abolition of Slavery Act was passed on the 26th July, 1833. Just three days later, on 29th July, William Wilberforce died.

And you ask how much is it worth, well, very rare but the Blue John is damaged so I have put a tempting £200/300 estimate on it...she paid £1!