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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Cumbrians try their luck on Dickinson's Real Deal

Rare Georgian maps and Felix the Cat were among the “bobby dazzlers” on show as collectors flocked to Carlisle for hit ITV show Dickinson’s Real Deal.

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David Barnes with David Dickinson, centre and Stewart Hofgartner

David Dickinson, famous for his mahogany tan, was at the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street campus on Saturday to cast an expert eye over an assortment of intriguing objects.

Wearing his signature pinstripe suit, The Duke was on hand to make sure collectors got a fair deal.

He said: “There have been a lot of goods coming in.

“We have had a good reception. We get that in most areas now the show is well-established.”

Thom Sarjeant, of Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s Auctioneers and Valuers, added: “There has been a good array of things and I have been surprised at what has turned up.”

David Barnes, 67, of Morton Park in Carlisle, was delighted when he sold his collection of old maps for £300 more than the auctioneer’s estimate.

Professional dealer Stewart Hofgartner bought them for £640 though they had only been valued at between £300 and £400.

Mr Barnes said: “I’m delighted. We watch the show and Stewart is one of the more generous dealers.

“I knew he was interested. He stopped at £600 but I saw he had another couple of £20s. I said ‘throw them on the table and we have got a deal’, and he did.”

Mr Dickinson said the dealer had either paid too much for them or knew something that he didn’t.

The maps, which date from the late 18th to early 19th centuries, show parts of India and Australia.

The map of Australia was incomplete, possibly because that part of the coast had yet to be charted.

Mr Barnes said: “I have been cleaning the attic and I found them in amongst my father’s artifacts.

“He was in the Royal Navy and I can only presume he picked them up on his travels.”

A soft toy of Felix the Cat had the experts baffled.

Mr Dickinson said it could be an original, a fake or a much later version.

Philip Kirkbride, 43, of Distington, paid £500 for it at auction nearly a decade ago, believing it to be genuine.

But the dealer was not convinced and offered him £60.

Mr Kirkbride decided to put it up for auction in the hope that it will catch the eye of a specialist.

Chief valuer Alistair Lamont was particularly taken with an engraved silver casket with a malachite lid brought in by Deborah Nixon, 49, of Wetheral, on behalf of a friend.

He said: “It’s by one of the premier Italian makers and is absolutely gorgeous.”

Deborah, who said she had appeared on the show 13 times, decided not to sell in the end.

Gary Pope, 54, had come from Kirkcowan in south west Scotland to see how much his great uncle’s World War One compass was worth.

He said: “I used it when I was in the boy scouts. I have looked it up on the internet and I have only seen one other like it and that was sold in America.”

The programme will be shown on TV some time in August.

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