Next up, some dark humour perhaps as an older spinster type of lady brought in a miniature Royal Crown Derby china tea set. The lady told how she had somehow obtained the pieces from a couple of "old maids" who seemingly "lived at the bottom of the garden". Our expert tenderly turned them over to allow us to see the mark, then proclaimed them as a fairly rare pattern called, would you believe it,"old witches". "My goodness" our dear lady replied. £1,000 was the value given, resulting in a cackle of delight.
A selection of jewellery next, brought in by an older, dignified lady. Lovely royal blue enamel and diamond pendant, an opal brooch, the stone from Queensland and a 1930's diamond ring, deco, geometric, classy etc. Am inpressive valuation was provided, the lady showed no emotion - it's all in the breeding.
Time to recall on of the "magic moments" of the show's last thirty years, this week attention focused on an old painting of the Holy Lands, brought in by a couple a number of years ago on the off chance it might be worth something. Talk was of a quarter million pound retirement fund.
A lucky punter next, not a clue about antiques but always watched the roadshow, picked up an old vase in a charity shop, brought it along, turnd out to be Japanese, worth 3-5k. Our expert told how the programme "soaks into the brain".
A uniformed gentleman from the Royal Navy's treasure division, with a model of Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds, apparently, given to HMS Penelope at some point. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Penelope_(F127http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Penelope_Creighton-Ward
In the same vein, we then saw a soldier, a member of the Queens Royal Lancers, we viewed his collection of "lance plaques", some sort of metal adornment for the uniform. He had maybe twenty, we ran through a few, dating them and apportioning wars rather than values. Particular attention was made of the 17th Death & Glory regiment and their skull and cross-bones insignia
An enamel box, the lid decorated with "The Judgement of Paris" by William Etty. We heard details of the scene portrayed, including Helen of Troy and a Golden Apple.
A bookcase or similar which opened to reveal a hidden cocktail cabinet. Our owner explained how she had purchased it brand new in 1976 after finding it languishing in the discount basement of a furniture store. Our expert judged it as "spellbinding" as he displayed the hidden interior.
To close, a refined gentlleman with a pair of miniature paintings and an entourage of children. One of the paintings was of a Col. James Hamilton, the other of a lady, they had apparently "been in the family for years" and were in fact portraits of the ancestors of the owner. Our presenter advised that they were worth a cool 15k each and enquired as to whether the father would now be "buying burgers for the kids",a bit like Di, Wills, Harry and MacDonalds, maybe?