An auction house running a valuation day event was surprised when a rare 400 year old pottery flask was brought in.
The owner of the 16th century artefact, believed to originate from Peru, hails from Shenstone, near Lichfield, a small Staffordshire village.
Charles Hanson, who manages the auction house, told press; “We don’t know how the vendor acquired the object,” but there is speculation that the owner’s grandfather may have brought it home after decades of travel in the late 19th century.
The flask is in good condition, with some minor wear around the rim, despite travelling so far and pre-dating the reign of Henry VIII.
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Would you ever consider bidding on an artefact like this or would you be hesitant given the flask’s unknown history and purpose…
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