ANTIQUES ROADSHOW expert Duncan Campbell revealed the impressive valuation of a silver cow which had been in two guests’ family for four generations.
In a recent episode of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, two guests were left shocked after hearing how much their great grandfather’s silver set would be sold at auction. The guests explained the silver had been in their family for generations and passed down to them.
Visiting Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff, Duncan began: “Well, unless you two are youngest silver dealers I’ve ever set eyes on, I’m guessing you must have been given this gorgeous collection of quite interesting silver, is that a fair guess?”
The oldest of the two girls said: “Yes, well, it was our granny’s, but before that, it was our great great grandad’s.”
Pointing to a picture the girls had brought along with them, Duncan asked: “And is this him?”
“He’s the one at the top, Walter,” the girls went on to explain in the picture with him was four generations, including their great, great, great, great grandad.
Impressed by the history of the silverware, Duncan said: “Well, you’re very lucky because he had a good eye for silver.
“I think the best thing to do is if you could each pick out one item that your particular favourite, which is your favourite?” he first asked the older girl.
“My favourite is the bird, he’s really pretty, and he just looks nice,” with the second girl saying: “Mine’s the cow, it’s just nice, and I like how the back comes off as well.”
Agreeing with her, Duncan replied: “Yes, it’s very cartoonish, he’s rather cute they’re both lovely.”
Duncan explained to the pair the bird was actually a pepper pot, with the head twisting off to put the pepper inside.
He revealed it was made 150 years ago, and the little red eyes were made of glass, with both girls being impressed with how old it was.
Moving onto the cow, Duncan explained: “This is what’s known as a cow creamer, the reason he’s a cow is because you open his back up here, you fill him full of cream, and then you pour the cream out of his mouth.
“His mouth has a little slot in there, he’s the most collectable little model, relatively modern he’s only 150 years old, he was made in Holland.
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