The new series of the Antiques Roadshow kicks off on 18th September with a packed programme from the glorious Victorian interiors of Manchester Town Hall.
On 2nd October, it’s the turn of Lulworth Castle, where we caught up with the show earlier in the summer. Here are just a few of the visitors we spotted in the queue.
Tim Lane's grandfather had furnished Tim and his partner Gillian Yeates with two fascinating objects to bring along to the Roadshow. ‘My grandfather was chief political officer in Kenya in World War one and had to follow the retreating German forces,’ explained Tim. ‘At one farm the local workers were vey excited about something the Germans had lowered down a well. Hoping no doubt it would turn out to be something valuable, he investigated and pulled up this ebony rhino.’
‘It’s quite heavy and my father always suspected it might contain something hidden in the body, so in the 50s, when times were very tough we drilled into him and even had him X-rayed! Now we want to know where to get him restored.’
The second object was this slim stick, given to Tim’s grandfather by Winston Churchill. ‘My grandfather looked after him on a safari in Kenya,’ said Tim. ‘He advised him to take a rifle, but Churchill declined, preferring instead to take this whistling stick, which makes a strange buzzing noise when you blow through it. When he left Kenya, he gave it to my grandfather.’
Pauline Malins brought along some sketches by Ronald Searle, who was in the same Japanese Prisoner of War camp as her late father-in-law, major Pat Malins. Book expert Rupert Powell was fascinated to see them along with Pat’s diary – but to find out the value you’ll have to wait until the second compilation from Lulworth, later in the series.
Polly Moore had lots of questions about the oriental vase that once belonged to her grandfather who worked in an auction house in Hastings. ‘I want to know how old it is, whether it’s Japanese or Chinese and if it’s gilded,’ she said.
We couldn’t ignore Judith Jesty who was using her trusty wheelbarrow to transport her 19th-century Black Forest stool towards Lennox Cato’s table
Roadshow first-timer Leaza Pearce was keen to discover the value of her grandmother’s carriage clock.
‘I’m hoping the experts are going tell me it’s priceless!’ laughed Liz Short of her oriental bowl
Mike Freeman cut quite a figure with his enormous gamekeeper’s gun, bought in an antiques shop in 1948 for £1.25.
Ruth Bathurst is intrigued by this Moorcroft vase which was given to her mother as a wedding present. ‘I can’t find it in any of the books’ she says.
Stephen Johnson was delighted to have the chance to bring the talents of his great aunt, Beatrice Johnson, to the attention of a wider audience. ‘She was senior photographer in the team lead by Dorothy Wilding that took the 1952 portrait of the Queen Elizabeth, used as the first stamp of her reign,’ he says. Paintings expert Rupert Maas was delighted to see the paintings Stephen had brought along.
Jackie Counter wanted to find out more about her original diesel rail car – a forerunner of Scalectrix. ‘It still works, and when you race it there are fumes!’ she says.
Liz Vivian’s mother’s was Dutch and this cameo has survived the war and the occupation of Holland. Today, Liz is hoping for a valuation. ‘I do wear it,’ she says. ‘But it does need a special occasion.’
Avid carbooter June Power brought along this colourful plate, bought by her mum, also at a carboot, for just £1. ‘Mum had originally given it to me, but then she saw something similar in a magazine and told me to give it back!’
fan Ceri Moore was keen to catch a glimpse of Fiona bruce, and also to have this ring, with its huge central opal, valued by the experts
Sara Sinaguglia bought this ink drawing of Sorrento in her local auction house as it reminded her of her honeymoon in the town. ‘I’d like to know whether it comes from a grand tour sketchbook,’ she said.
John Niemer was keen to get a valuation on his scene of Vesuvius erupting, bought in a junk shop years ago.
For more stories, tune into the Antiques Roadshow on Sunday evenings from 18th September. Check Radio Times for details.