Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Charity shop volunteers believe the note found in a book was written by the Queen Mother.
A CHARITY shop in Barnstaple has discovered a book which they believe contains a hand written letter from the Queen Mother.
The letter, which turned up at the Barnstaple Link Rotary Shop in Boutport Street, appears to be a note of appreciation to the Auxiliary Territorial Service.
The letter is undated but talks about peace residing once more ‘after six years of toil and unequalled constancy’.
Penny Furseman, a volunteer from the shop said: “We have no idea if it’s genuine but the Buckingham Palace logo is raised and looks authentic so it is possible, but we have no idea how to price it.
“I think we would be happy with £10 and maybe someone might get more by selling on.”
The shop, run by the Barnstaple Link Rotary Club, relies on donations to raise money for local clubs and small charities.
“The shop is run entirely by volunteers who price the donations as they arrive,” said Penny.
“There are no volunteers with any expertise in identifying valuables so our pricing is a bit of a guessing game”
The shop recently received a silver plate which it was selling for £10, until a customer suggested it might be worth more than that.
Phil Boaden, the shop manager, said: “A very kind lady alerted us to a metal plate we were selling for £10 and suggested we tried to get it valued for scrap.
“It was silver and we received £115.
“Then a local antiques jeweller popped in to say that he had just paid £150 for an item someone bought in the shop for £1, so there really are bargains to be had.”