Antique Roadshow guest floored by assessment of big spit from small spit


The little brooch came with a big price (Photo: BBC)

Antiques Roadshow delivered another stunning valuation to a woman’s delight on Sunday night, as a small but perfectly formed brooch came with a massive price tag.

At Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff, a guest brought the accessory to expert John Benjamin, along with a photo of his grandfather Thomas and a woman called John when they were working at Buckingham Palace for the King George V, and a ring.

The intricate brooch featured a tiny crown encrusted with dark blue stones surrounded by detailed leaves in green gold.

The woman claimed that the Tsar offered the ring with the brooch in its box during a visit to the palace in 1908, although John said he could not find any record of the visit.

Her grandfather originally received the ring as a tie pin from King Henry V before it was made into a new piece of jewelry, according to the guest.

What interested John was a small monogram on the pin of the brooch which he said was the mark of a craftsman called Tieleman who had worked for Peter Carl Fabergé.

He also praised the condition of the article, calling it “pristine.”

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The woman brought the brooch and ring with a photo of her grandfather (Photo: BBC)

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The brooch had a monogram on the pin (Photo: BBC)

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John praised his pristine condition (Photo: BBC)

Delivering the mind-blowing appraisal, he continued: “Subject to confirmation of this connection directly through the Tsar or his mother – from £ 8,000 to £ 12,000.”

The other visitors to the Antiquities Exhibition gasped as the woman simply breathed, “My God! “

John added: “So Jean and Thomas left a legacy which has become quite important today. Congratulations.’

The ring was estimated to be between £ 800 and £ 1,200.

Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on BBC One.

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