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This superb Credenza cabinet was valued by Grimwades - one of the top antique valuation centres in Cardiff


Victorian Burr Walnut Credenza
Inlaid and with Ormulu mounts.
Sold for £3200.



This year is proving to be an auspicious one with silver and jewellery at the top end making dramatic rises and the middle and lower ranges have seen a rise due to the commodities market trading in silver. Gold has seen a tremendous rise due to the economic situation. There has been considerable interest in men’s wrist watches particularly high end makes Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling and Omega Constellation vintage/contemporary and the trend is set to continue.

We have been established for over 60 years as one of the top antiques valuation centres in Cardiff and surrounding area. We are able to purchase your silver, jewellery, coins and watches and you will always get a fair price from Grimwades!

There has been a strong drop in general furniture prices particularly shipping furniture bedroom suites etc Victoriana has continued to fall and so has Georgian mid range pieces. The top end period Walnut and signed pieces are reaching reduced values due to a few of the top end dealers leaving the market.

The average painting auction has a selling rate of 50% or less and the contemporary market is equally “fickle”. The major auction houses are no longer guaranteeing prices on large or expensive collections and the down turn in the equity market in the United States has affected us all.

Ceramics in particular mid last century have seen a substantial rise and in my opinion have not reached a peak value yet. Moorcroft is steady. Clarice Cliff has dropped in the lower and mid range but improved at the top. Lesser known factories are a good investment.

Postcards are still a good investment and have seen a rise in prices in the last year.
Boxed and Mint toy cars, lorries and planes etc particularly Dinky and Corgi are again a good investment in a rising market.
Dolls Armand Marseille, Simon & Halbig and the other lesser known German factories are at a low price at the moment. The French dolls particularly Jumeau are fetching half the price they were.

A considerable rise in values in the last year across the whole collecting field.


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