AN ANTIQUES Roadshow expert was thrilled after a guest revealed a VERY valuable brooch – but was soon shut down.
Susan Rumfitt was thrilled to see the salamander-shaped brooch on the BBC show, and asked the female guest how it ended up in her possession.
She replied: “My grandfather bought it for my grandmother as a wedding present in 1919,” she began.
“The engagement ring was apparently not very special. He was a prisoner of war in the First World War and when he came back he was very ill.
“I don’t think he had enough money to buy her a really nice ring.
“And so he bought her that on their wedding day to make up [for it], and she always wore it.”
Susan loved the romantic story, before revealing the brooch dated back to 1890 and was set with diamonds and rubies.
She added: “It’s fabulous. It sparkles and the Romans associated salamanders with wedded bliss. So, hopefully, they did have wedded bliss all the time.”
When asked how much her grandfather had paid for the brooch, the guest said: “It was about £30 in 1919. And that was quite a lot of money, wasn’t it in 1919?”
Susan confirmed it was before revealing: “Today if this came up at auction, you’d be looking at a value of between £1,200 and £1,500.”
The guest replied: “That’s lovely, but I won’t be selling it. I shall give it to my daughter.”
Susan said: “I hope she enjoys it as much as your grandmother did.”
Antiques Roadshow airs on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.
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