Antiques detectives unravel sock-knitting mystery
PUBLISHED: 07:01 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:38 02 August 2018
Valuers at a local auctioneers' firm were forced to turn detective when an unusual piece of old machinery turned up in a house clearance.
The team at Potburys in Sidmouth found the two devices in bits at a property near the town.
Auctioneer Brinley Roberts said: “We had never seen anything like it before so we had to do a bit of research to work out what it was.”
A few internet inquiries turned up the answer.
They had discovered two sock knitting machines dating back to the late Victorian era.
And, the auctioneers were surprised at the level of interest they generated.
“Your traditional antiques like wardrobes and chests of drawers are in the doldrems really, so it is the quirky, the unusual, that attracts the money these days.” he said.
A conservative estimate of between £120 and £180 was far exceeded.
It eventually sold, including premium, for £1,460.