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EARLY 1800s: Gloria Godsell from Bendick Murrell was told her black glass rolling pin, which has been in her family since the early 1800s, is very rare. Photo by Christine SpeelmanLocals dusted off their cherished antiques and family heirlooms on Saturday, packed them in bags, boxes and bubble wrap and headed down to the St Mary’s Parish Centre.

Why? It was the Young and District Family History Group’s first antique and collectables appraisal day.

And such was its success, they’re thinking of making it an annual event.

Organisers, who hosted the day between 10am and 4pm, counted 40 people who registered 132 small items only for appraisal by long-time collector Denis Quinn from Cowra and jewellery expert Heather Davidson from Canowindra.

Rowie Griffiths, who manned the register, said they were worried they were going to run out of time if any more people walked through the door.

Very rare Gloria Godsell from Bendick Murrell also brought in this glass epergne, otherwise known as a table ornament. The epergne comes in five separate pieces that assemble at the base. The photo on the right shows the epergne fully assembled.Gloria said it dates back to the early 1900s. Gloria sat with appraiser Heather Davidson from Canowindra at St Mary’s Parish Centre on Saturday as she analysed the ornament.

ENGLISH SEWING BOX (above): Brenda Cummings of Young brought her great aunt’s old sewing box and her sewing samples from England down to the St Mary’s Parish Centre. The sewing box contains its original needles and hat pins, buttons made from bone, suspenders, manicure set with pearl handles, button hook with a pearl handle used to button ladies boots and an imitation acorn made out of wood to hold a thimble.Brenda wasn’t sure how old the sewing box was but according to the samples made in 1881, she said it was probably around the same time.“I was told the box wasn’t worth much, probably because the dry Australian heat had damaged and cracked it,” she said.“It wouldn’t have cracked in the cold and damp air of England.”Brenda was also told her samples were more valuable.“And that I’d get more worth out of them back in England.”

OLD BITS AND PIECES: Michael Price of Young brought these old treasures from home. The large metal horse was the kind of prize people could win from the sideshow alley games at the show in the 1950s. Michael won this horse at the Cowra Show 62 years ago when he was 15 or 16. Michael’s uncle – who was involved with the trotters – owned the trotter and horse figurine that has a bell inside. His grandmother bought it from a bazaar (markets) in Murringo.“I’d say it’d be over 100 years old,” Michael said.The old tin – with a unique dragon imprint on the side – belongs to his wife, Carmel, who hoped to find out exactly what it was at the appraisal day.“I always thought it was a tea caddy, but I’ve been told it may have been used for tobacco… it might be Chinese, based on the dragon imprint,” Carmel said.

ANTIQUE: Vicki Burstal of Young brought in her family heirloom jug for appraiser Denis Quinn from Cowra to assess. “I’ve been told it used to hold gin,” Vicki said. “I guess it’s probably early 1900s.”

LIGHTHOUSE LAMP: Cheryl Whye of Young showed appraiser Denis Quinn her father’s lighthouse lamp on Saturday. Denis was busy doing some quick research on the item. The lamp is from England in the early 1900s and lights up from the windows on its base to the top.It’s made out of brass and is quite heavy.

EARLY 1800s: Gloria Godsell from Bendick Murrell was told her black glass rolling pin, which has been in her family since the early 1800s, is very rare. Photo by Christine Speelman

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