Antiques Roadshow have mammoth find at Dudley valuations

One of the most "significant finds" in the Antique Roadshow's 40 year history was discovered in Dudley this week.

A Fabergé flower was one of the many family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot sale bargains valued by the BBC One show's experts at the Black Country Living Museum during filming on Wednesday.

Details are being kept under wraps until the show airs later this year but it is rumoured to be worth around £1 million.

It was a busy and exciting day for the show's antiques and fine arts specialists as hundreds of people arrived at the Tipton Road site, eager to hear what their items were worth.

John Detheridge, aged 77, caught the first bus from Birmingham this morning to see how much his antique musket and pistols were worth. The keen collector met with firearms expert Bill Harriman, who he said had made him a "very happy man".

Garry Exall, from Wednesbury, was also pleased after his expert advice. The 59-year-old had brought along a small silver box that he picked up on a car boot sale a few years ago.

He was told the box, which is from Germany and dates back to the 1900s, was worth a lot more than the £3 he paid for it..

The chief executive of Dudley Council, Sarah Norman, who attended the event with her father, had a nice surprise as an item they had turned out to be worth £500. Antiques Roadshow presenter, Fiona Bruce, said:

“The best part of working on Antiques Roadshow is that we never know who or what is going to turn up on the day.

"The visitors, the objects they bring, their stories and the location all combine to make a fabulous experience that we aim to capture for the viewers."


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