Old pot or Ming Dynasty china? Find out how much your heirlooms are worth with Charles Hanson

3rd April 2013

Have you ever wondered whether a particular painting, ornament or piece of jewellery is particularly special, and possibly valuable? 

If so, on Tuesday 7th May, you have a chance to find out at the Ansons & Hansons Antique Valuation Day at Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street, Lichfield.

Ansons Solicitors has teamed up with Charles Hanson, of BBC2’s Antiques Road Trip, to organise the valuation day in Lichfield as a way to support local charity St Giles Hopsice.

Charles Hanson and the team from Hansons Auctioneers will be available between 10.00am and 4.00pm to provide an expert opinion on your antiques and an informal indication of possible value. There is no charge for coming, but visitors will be invited to make a donation to support St Giles Hospice.

Marie Tisdale, head of the Ansons Solicitors private client team and Shelly Wainwright came up with the idea. 

“Many of our elderly clients are uncertain of the value of some of their heirlooms when they come in to make their will, and disputes can sometimes arise when one child sees their sibling inherit something which turns out the be a very a valuable item. We thought that this would be an interesting way of providing an opportunity to find out the value of that ‘special heirloom’, whilst supporting St Giles Hospice, and raising awareness of the importance of making a will.” 

Charles Hanson went into the antiques auction business following university, beginning his career at Christie's, and is now well known from his appearances on television. His auction house in Etwall, Derbyshire, hosts a fascinating calendar of events (see, but as Charles says, “As on the BBC Antiques Road Trip, it is great to get out and about as you never know what unexpected treasures you might find.”