Great grandmother discovers rare 18th century newspaper in her Bournemouth home (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Great grandmother discovers rare 18th century newspaper in her Bournemouth home
A GREAT grandmother is hitting the headlines after discovering the first edition of a newspaper more than two centuries’ old with an estimated value of £1,000.
Patricia Parr, 87, from Northbourne, was shredding old bank papers when she came across the first edition of The Morning Advertiser first published on February 8, 1794.
The Publican’s daily paper was the second national daily newspaper in Britain and holds claim to the title of oldest continuously produced paper in the UK.
Patricia said: “I discovered the newspaper while shredding old bank documents and I was completely shocked to see the date, as I was holding something 219 years old.
“It’s a terribly interesting read and it’s still possible to work your way completely through it. Everything is very readable and it’s in good condition except the top-edge is slightly curled.”
The newspaper which was devoted to trade interests is likely to have been passed down through Patricia’s family as her father-in-law and grandfather were both free-house owners in London.
Patricia, who worked as a nurse for 33 years, said she would sell the paper at auction and split any money raised between her family members.
Antiques expert and TV personality Judith Katz-Schwartz said: “The current fair market (private sale or auction) value of your newspaper is approximately £1,000.
“I think this is an item you should take to Sotheby’s or Christie’s. It is extremely rare, even in less than perfect condition.”
Richard Bromell from Charter-house Auctioneers in Sherborne said: “This newspaper is certainly very rare and interesting.
"In my opinion it would be more of a museum item, the £1,000 valuation probably relates to the insurance rather than sale price.”
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