David’s ‘buried’ treasure unearthed from a crammed farmhouse near Stevenage goes under the hammer today

Antique glasses found in house clearance near Stevenage going into auction

Antique glasses found in house clearance near Stevenage going into auction - Credit: Archant

An auction expert called in to check through the contents of a crammed farmhouse in a village near Stevenage found he had a mammoth job on his hands – but he eventually unearthed treasure.

David Fletcher of fine art auctioneers Charles Ross discovered that the late owner of the property had moved into a caravan in the yard because the house was so stuffed with furniture and boxes of belongings.

And there were also three shipping-sized containers and a string of outbuildings brimming with items that had been packed away for a rainy day.

David, whose firm was called in by a law firm through Hitchin-based estate agents Stonegate Estates, admitted afterwards: “I was absolutely filthy by the time I finished.”

But dogged David assiduously worked his way through the inventory.

And his perseverance paid off when he discovered a collection of around 30 18th century English wine glasses in a mouse-chewed box buried deep amongst a quantity of old pots and pans deep in an old shed.

He also unearthed a late 17th century parquetry inlaid long case clock as well as a number of other clocks, a late 17th century ‘wainscot’ chair and china and glass including a Lalique vase and prized pottery by Doulton and other top names.

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The glasses are included in a sale at the firm’s Woburn auction rooms today, and it’s estimated that they could fetch between £100 and £500 each.