Treasure or tat?

The wonderful world of antiques has come to Radio Clatterbridge thanks to a new regular guest on the Coffee Club.

John Crane of Cato Crane Auctioneers will be visiting our studios once a month to chat about the some intriguing items.

John Crane with the record sleeves

This morning, John told presenter Steve Evans how and when Cato Crane started business back in 1834, and how things have changed over the generations with internet and telephone bidding now common place. 

John explained how some people's 'tat' is other people's treasure.

"He said an item like a chandelier in the UK may be worth a fortune, whilst in Canada would not even sell due to the differing heights of rooms within buildings. In China, small trinkets that clutter our attics and cabinets are mostly worthless to us in the UK, but in the far east may well be worth hundreds, if not thousands." - Presenter Steve Evans

He brought in a few remarkable items including a rare trim phone of the multi-coloured green variety and a paper 45rpm record sleeve (pictured) which Steve would have been tempted to throw in the bin, but it actually would sell for about £30!

John also showed Steve a pair of mini leather gloves just big enough for a baby of no older than 18 months. These, Steve estimated to be worth a tidy sum and John agreed, saying they would fetch in excess of £100.

In the following months they intend to discuss who buys from auctions, what is the most expensive and cheapest items he has auctioned and what make a good auctioneer.

John will be bringing in the odd unusual item to discuss and Steve will be asking him about the different categories of good that are brought to auction.