A guest on the Antiques Roadshow was taken aback by the valuation of a piece of furniture.
When ANTIQUES ROADSHOW expert John Benjamin revealed the value of a 19th-century piece of jewelry, the owners were stunned.
In the Christmas special of the iconic show, Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce took BBC viewers on a festive journey.
The show featured updates on items seen on previous roadshows as well as unseen treasures from memorable episodes, including two guests who were taken aback by the high value placed on their jewelry.
A 19th-century brooch and necklace were appraised by expert John Benjamin.
“This is very bleak, it’s black, it’s dense,” he began.
“I’m sure a lot of people will think it’s creepy. Do you wear it?”
“What was it like to wear it?” the expert inquired after the guest revealed she had tried it on once.
“It is heavy,” she replied, and John went on to say, “The predominant black material is actually cast ironwork.”
“It’s the same material that’s used to make nails, railings, cooking pots, and anything else you can think of that’s useful.”
“After Waterloo, in 1815, Germany, which was on our side at the time, had no money.”
“And they issued a general proclamation to members of the nobility, saying, ‘Give up your gold and we’ll give you this stuff in its place,’ and people complied.”
“They were given a certificate that said, ‘I gave up my gold for the Fatherland,'” he went on to say.
“When you consider the level of craftsmanship involved here, it’s truly incredible.”
“The piercing, the detail, it’s almost like a doily of fretting frill work,” says the artist.
The two items were made between 1820 and 1825, according to the antique expert.
“It’s all about the hands,” he explained, referring to the clasp hands of friendship, which were a key component of sentimental jewelry during the late Georgian period.
“This German material, made in Berlin, is now extremely popular among jewelry collectors.”
When Antiques Roadshow expert John revealed how much the items would fetch at auction, the couple was taken aback.
He revealed, “That little brooch alone is worth about £100 because it was made around 1830.”
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“At auction today, the necklace with the cross suspended beneath it is worth £2,000 to £3,000.”
“Wow,” said one of the guests to her.
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