Letter from Queen Mother appears in Barnstaple charity shop
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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.
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“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.
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“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.”