Mystery ‘totem pole’ for sale at charity treasure trove
The mystery totem pole
The carved pole, standing over 6ft high, is believed to be from Polynesia and has been donated to Oban Community Charity Shop where it has a price tag of £200.
Volunteers at the shop, run by the MacQueen Bros Charitable Trust, refer to the item as “the totem pole”.
Harvey Tordoff, of Sussex, who donated it after clearing out his holiday home at Ganavan, Oban, said: “My wife thinks it’s Polynesian, but we don’t know much about it.
“We bought it in a shop in England 20 years ago for £200, but I don’t think they were sure where it was from either.
“We’ve been all over the world and have souvenirs from all parts, but we had nothing like this, so we bought it.”
Graham MacQueen, who runs the shop on Oban’s North Pier, said: “I thought it was hilarious when I saw it, but some of the things we’ve had brought in are remarkable.
The charity shop where the pole was donated
We’ve been all over the world and have souvenirs from all parts, but we had nothing like this, so we bought it
“We have a boomerang dated 1883 and a 10 Confederate dollar note from February 17, 1864, which turned up in a piece of furniture.”
“We had a kayak which sold for £400 and we once had a table and chairs donated, which turned out to be a Holsta make, which sell for £12,000.
“We had a painting of a wall which I guessed would be worth about £2, but it was by a well-known painter and sold for £525.”
The shop has raised £500,000 for community projects in Oban since it opened five years ago.
Mr MacQueen added: “Probably the most comical thing was a life-size firbreglass horse.
“We give it to charities, free of charge, for events.”
The shop has to vacate its current premises by April and is trying to secure a new home in the town.