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Dickinson’s Real Deal Visits Stalybridge
Thursday 22nd October 2015 @ 12:51 by Tom Greggan

Dickinson’s Real Deal rolled into Stalybridge this weekend, giving Tameside residents the opportunity to have their antiques valued and perhaps even appear in TV.

West Hill School played host to the popular ITV daytime show which was filming for series 12. Hundreds of people descended in a steady stream throughout the day to be told the value of their items, with the most valuable and interesting making it before the television cameras- including a Lowry picture!

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Once in the spotlight, owners had the tough decision about whether to accept a cash offer or send it to auction, which will take place on November 18 at Maxwells Auctioneers in Hazel Grove, Stockport.
David Dickinson was of course on hand to give expert advice on some items alongside the four dealers; Tony Geering, Jan Keyne, Mark Stevens and Jon O’Marah who drove a hard bargain.

Series Editor Paul Tasker said he had high expectation from Stalybridge and he wasn’t disappointed.
Susan Riley from Dukinfield was among the first to be filmed for the new series on the day. She had taken along two silver candelabras that had been passed down through her family. Although we can’t reveal too much about the deal made, Susan said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic. I’ve been here all morning.

“We’ve brought with us a couple of different pieces which we’ve been able to show to the dealers. We were with the dealer Jan Keyne and it was fantastic for her to tell us all about the pieces that we brought in.

“She was telling us all about the design style and the particular manufacturer and she mentioned that although the pieces were of different dates, they may have been given together as a wedding gift at the time.”

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Paul said that the history of an area is often reflected in the items people bring along. A prime example- other than the Lowry picture- were items of advertising memorabilia for an essence flavouring distillery in Manchester- Duckworth’s of Manchester. In fact, the building remains on Chester Road.

The company provided flavourings for biscuits, drinks and sweets which were exported all across the world. It was rather interesting because they were made from fruits and spices that came from all over the world.

The Real Deal dealers are famous for driving a hard bargain, as Anthony from Greenfield found out. He was locked in negotiations with Mark Stevens over a gold necklace bought from Hong Kong, for around half an hour.

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He said: “We were negotiating hard. I had enough knowledge to question some of the things he was saying so that was probably why the negotiations went on a bit longer than they normally would have done.”
Of course, the star of the show David Dickinson was on hand to try and end the stalemate. Anthony said: “He explained what the melted down price of gold was and it was on that basis that the negotiations were made.

“The piece itself seemed very well crafted and it depicted a Chinese love story, so it would be a shame to melt it down.”

A great day was enjoyed by all ages. Sheila from Ashton visited with her great-grandson Cameron who was sat behind the TV desk whilst she spoke to Jan about her World War One ‘death penny’.

Sheila said: “It’s been lovely day; we’ve both really enjoyed it. I didn’t know too much about the death penny. I didn’t know too much about the death penalty so it was interesting to find out about.”

The programme will be broadcast in the New Year when all will be revealed.