Queen Mother's letter surfaces at Barnstaple charity shop
A LETTER from the late Queen Mother has surfaced at a Barnstaple charity shop.
The letter, sent shortly after the end of World War II, congratulates members of the Auxiliary Territorial Service on their work during six years of war and the Queen Mother says she is "proud to be their commander in chief".
Shop manager Penny Furseman said: "We have no idea if it's genuine but the Buckingham Palace logo is raised and looks authentic so it is possible.
"We've no idea how to price it. I think we'd be happy with £10 and maybe someone might get more by selling on."
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The find is the latest proof the shop is an Aladdin's cave of treasures, something staff have always claimed.
Further proof came earlier this month, when two items from the shop were sold on for a much higher price than they were originally valued at.
A local antique jeweller popped into the shop to tell staff he had just bought a piece of jewellery from a woman for £150 - after she bought it for just £1 at the Rotary Club's store.
And Penny said the charity had also raised extra funds when a customer alerted them to the true value of an item.
"A very kind lady suggested a metal plate we were selling for £10 should be valued for scrap," she said.
"It was silver and we received £115 for it.
"It just goes to show there really are bargains to be had.
"The shop's run entirely by volunteers who price donations as they arrive and there's no-one with any expertise in identifying valuables so our pricing is a bit of a guessing game, which probably makes our shop one of only a few in the country where a genuine treasure can be found."