Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce took BBC viewers on a festive journey on the iconic program’s Christmas special. The show featured updates on items seen on previous tours and unseen treasures from memorable episodes, including two guests who were surprised at the enormous value of their jewelry.
Expert John Benjamin was commissioned to appraise a 19th century brooch and necklace.
He started: âIt’s very dark, it’s black, it’s dense.
“Do you know a lot of people will say, ‘Oh, that’s scary.’ Do you wear it? “
The guest revealed that she had worn it once as the expert asked her, “How does it feel to wear it?”
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âYes, it’s heavy,â she replied and John continued, âThe predominant black material is actually cast iron.
âIt’s the exact same material as nails and railings and pots and whatever you might think of the practicality.
âAfter Waterloo which was of course 1815, Germany, which was on our side at the time, had no money.
âAnd they made a general proclamation to the nobility, ‘Give up your gold and in its stead we’ll give you this stuff’ and the people did. “
“It’s all about hands, the joined hands of friendship because it was a key part of sentimental jewelry at the end of the Georgian period,” he explained.
“This material, this German material made in Berlin, is now incredibly popular among jewelry collectors.”
Roadshow antiques expert John left the couple stunned when he revealed how much the items would fetch at auction.
âThis little brooch in itself because it was made around 1830 and is worth around Â£ 100,â he revealed.
âThe necklace with the cross hanging underneath is now worth between Â£ 2,000 and Â£ 3,000 at auction.
âMy God,â replied one of the guests and his partner added, âNot a trinket. “
âIt’s not a trinket, highly collectable and gothic, I know, but it’s exactly what the market wants right now,â added John.
Antiques Roadshow continues on BBC One Sunday at 7pm.