Rowans charity shop finds £600 collector’s item

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A HOSPICE charity shop has struck gold after finding a collector’s item worth £600.

Eagle-eyed volunteer Dave Russell, who works in The Rowans Hospice charity shop in Gosport, spotted the compass/sundial among donated goods and immediately recognised it as something special.

It was taken to be valued by antiques experts who confirmed its worth and said it should be put up for auction.

The small brass compass/sundial was manufactured in about 1770 and was inscribed Butterfields Paris.

It was auctioned in Petersfield and made £600. The Rowans Hospice Trading Company received £463.20, after commission and VAT.

Anne Yendell, director of finance and operations for The Rowans, said: ‘Thanks to our volunteer Dave Russell for spotting the compass/sundial and to John Cameron in Portsmouth for arranging the valuation and advising us on auctioning the item.’

The Rowans’ charity shops bring in income to help with the running costs of the hospice.