In a recent probate valuation in Bracknell Forest, Berkshire one of our probate valuers discovered a very rare blonde tortoiseshell tea caddy.
Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy Valued For Probate
Avery Associates are regularly instructed to carry out probate valuation in Berkshire and it was during the valuation of chattels at the Bracknell Forest property that the rare Regency blonde tortoiseshell tea caddy was found. We have also carried out probate valuation in Binfield, Warfield and Winkfield, but it was during the probate vauation of house contents in Bracknell Forest that the tea caddy was discovered. The use of tortoiseshell for decorating tea caddies and other objet d’art was common in the Regency period from which this particular tea caddy dates.
About The Use Of Tortoiseshell For Decorative Objects
Unfortunately, trading in real tortoiseshell was devastating the hawksbill turtle population. Although the hawksbill exists worldwide, it is now considered to be a severely endangered species. The possible extinction of the hawksbill, as well as difficulty in harvesting led to a substitute with the 20th century invention of celluloid (an early version of plastic) mimicking the much desired tortoiseshell design. Today, few areas export true tortoiseshell, in hopes the species will survive if it is not hunted.
Other Items Valued Include Rare Bank Notes
Among other items of interest found were a number of early Bank of Jamaica £20 notes, pocket watches and a selection of modern art. Apart from this the contents were what you would expect to find in a bachelor flat. The remainder of the contents were general and of a modest value so the total valuation was less than £1500 and with the estate subject to IHT this meant an added tax liability of £600. Our RICS probate valuation will ensure that the chattels are not under or overvalued.
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