Antiques Roadshow guest snaps angrily at expert despite receiving staggering valuation

Antiques Roadshow guest snaps angrily at expert despite receiving staggering valuation

January 9, 2022

ANTIQUES Roadshow headed to the V&A Museum in Dundee to check out the locals' most prized vintage pieces.

One man popped down with antique set of drawers chocked full of agate jewellery he had been collecting over 40 years.

Expert Susan Rumfitt was blown away not only by the drawers but the huge amount of goodies inside.

“This looks like a complete and utter box of collectables, a proper jewellery casket so let's have a look and see what’s inside," she started.

“My goodness this is quite extraordinary and there is even more in these drawers. 

"All Scottish agate jewellery and this is yours that you have collected?”

The guest told her: “My personal collection that I have collected over the last 40 years. 

“I like it, but not everyone does of course. My wife doesn’t like it.”

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Susan couldn't believe it, saying: “That’s a disaster. Does it ever get worn or just sit here?”

The guest explained on the repeat episode: “No it just sits in this cabinet and I occasionally show it to people.

“Car boot sales are the best source for me and charity shops.”

The guest was inspired by his mother's jewellery and started his keen hobby.

"Well, I think the start of it was my mother had a little brooch, which was like a little sword and she called it pebble jewellery," he said.

“Actually I don’t have it now but I have bought them ever since then and have collected since. I can’t stop.”

Susan added: “Well obviously they are known as pebble jewels because it is all to do with Scottish agate.

“And the stones would be collected and then either mounted in silver or in gold.

“This depended on what exactly the client wanted and asked for. It became exceptionally fashionable as a result of Queen Victoria at Balmoral actually."

She further explained: “It is a beautiful collection and I particularly like these two pieces here because they show a variety of designs and it’s not just because they are mounted in gold.

“But, the exquisite engravings on this brooch and the way the agates have actually been cut are just superb and the quirkiness of the arrow we see here.

“It is extraordinary at what they were producing at the time and it appealed to both men and women.”

But things got very awkward after the initial excitement when it came time for the valuation.

“Now, of course, it is a vast collection and we have to put a value on it," Susan started.

“I know you have been travelling for this so I imagine the value won't mean that much to you?”

The man snapped angrily: “Well it's of interest. That’s why I am here today.”

Susan didn't skip a beat: “If you were to put this up for auction you would get at least £6,000-8,000. And to be honest, probably even more.”

The thrilled man said it meant he could feel more secure for his retirement as Susan joked his wife 'might like them a bit more now'.

Antiques Roadshow airs on BBC One, Sundays at 7pm.



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