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Antiques Roadshow: Woman is shocked at postbox valuation

Antiques Roadshow expert John Foster was tasked with evaluating an intriguing looking postbox when the BBC show travelled to Forty Hall, Enfield. The owner revealed she remembered her parents purchasing the item when she was younger but was left speechless when John revealed the postbox’s true worthwhile warning the guest the item had endured a lot of damage. 

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John began: “It’s almost like you’ve gone into the house, picked up your favourite object and plunked it in the lawn. What’s going on with it?

“It’s from my parents they were collectors and they’d go to auctions and they found it and loved it and brought it home so I’ve lived with it since I was very small,” the owner replied. 

“What is it you like about?” John asked and the guest said: “It’s just a quirky thing that you don’t see in people’s houses.”

“When you say you don’t see it in people’s houses it would be in houses like this,” John said pointing to Forty Hall. 

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“You had the big country house and this would have stood near the door at its height.

“Not only would they be writing 10, 20 letters a day it was the only way really of communicating. 

“A penny to send a letter you would write to your family, you’d write to thank people for dinner, you’d write to thank people for the invite to dinner.”


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