MYSTERY GIFT: Andrea Barker found out more about her family’s ring from guest auctioneer and valuer Warren Joel at the Rockhampton Art Gallery.
MYSTERY GIFT: Andrea Barker found out more about her family’s ring from guest auctioneer and valuer Warren Joel at the Rockhampton Art Gallery. Madeline Mcdonald Rokmantique

Woman finds family ring still priceless at evaluation

YEPPOON'S Andrea Barker still has a mystery to solve.

But with the help of one of Australia's most experienced valuers and auctioneers, Warren Joel, she's now a bit closer to knowing more about a family ring.

Yesterday Andrea brought a ring to the Rockhampton Art Gallery for it to be valued by Mr Joel, who was hosting an antiques evaluation day.

Andrea, 47, said the ring had been in her family for more than 100 years.

"This ring is a mystery," she said.

"It's a small sealing ring used to wax-seal letters but Mr Joel referred to it as a signet ring and was really intrigued by it. He said it was too small for an adult and unusual for a baby to have because a child wouldn't be sealing letters."

Andrea said she wasn't sure where the ring originally came from.

"I thought it might have been a working-class gift somewhere along the lines as my grandparents migrated to Australia in 1926," she said.

"I found out these rings were given as gifts in the late 1800s and early 1900s but it's got the initials RCD on it which I'm unsure of. My father was in the Second World War and travelled nationally and internationally so I'm not sure whether the ring is from England, Europe or somewhere from the war.

"Although I'm not a great deal wiser about the ring, it has intrigued me further. To me the valuation was irrelevant; I didn't come to get a dollar sign.

"It was more the history about the ring as it will be handed down through the generations in my family."

More than 180 people had their antiques valued by Mr Joel.



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