Jewelers see amazing antiques

Jewelers see amazing antiques


Every time Amber Virag and Darrell Furmanek step inside an antique road show, they feel as privileged as royalty.

The proprietors of Elite Jewellery and Loan were amazed at what some people brought in to be appraised during the October 18 show at the Oliver Senior Centre.

One of the most unique items Furmanek looked at was a side-loader Winchester semi-automatic 22-calibre rifle, circa 1947. It was appraised at approximately $2,500.

Another antique Furmanek did some research on was a hand-cranked Nitto phonograph machine in pristine condition.

Virag said she looked at an unusual coin that may have been a Spanish colonial coin from a pirate ship.

She also saw an old Chatelaine perfume bottle appraised at $5,000. Another cool item that someone brought in was a native maul grinder made of granite, which could be more than 1000 years old, she said.

Linda Venables from Oliver brought in an old cornet and a manicure set for appraisal.

Virag was humbled by the event.

“I feel very privileged that people let you in to the intimate part of their family life.”

She said the show would not have been possible without the wonderful volunteers from the ladies hospital auxiliary. “The ladies’ efforts was amazing.”

Virag noted the proceeds from the show went to the auxiliary and the fine work it does in the community.

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