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Textt cost six pence when it was bought in the mid-Victorian era but was last valued at £1,000 by experts at the Antiques Road Show in 2005. Owner Paul Parker received the delicate ornament after his mother, Janet, passed away at the age of 69 in 2008, and is the third generation of his family to enjoy it. Displaying the tree for the first time since his mother's death, Mr Parker is delighted to be carrying on the family tradition. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...
Well, it is a curiosity because of its age. But there is no way of putting it politely: it was a piece of tat in 1886 and it's still a piece of tat. Anyway, the story is riddled with holes. First we're told that Mr Parker is the 3rd generation of his family to enjoy the, er, heirloom. But the article says it was "first bought by Mr Parker's great-great aunt Lou in 1886"......that would mean he's the 5th generation surely? Or maybe some of the intervening generations didn't 'enjoy' the wretched thing? But wait! Under the photo the indefatigable Lou is described as "Paul Parker's Great grandmother Lou Hicks" - that means he's the 4th generation as well! Maybe I should just get out more. - John, Dublin, 07/12/2010 15:49