ANTIQUES Roadshow guest was left open-mouthed after whopping evaluation for royal teacup from expert John Sandon.
The BBC show visited Bishop’s Palace in Somerset in a recent episode.
Expert John inspected a teacup that had been given to a reverend as a gift from a European royal.
The guest explained: “Well, it’s been in the family for a long time but my mother died earlier in the year.
“I’m an executor and in her will, she is passing this on to my cousin, her niece.”
John examined: “The letters show it was given to a Reverend Pocock, that was in September 1877 and it was given by no less than the Empress Augusta of Germany.
“When this was given this wasn’t a new cup and saucer it would have been something that Empress had in her china cabinets on her dressing table.
“And she’s chosen this personal relic to give to her friend, the Reverend Pocock as a gift.
“So a costly cup and saucer when it was given and a true heirloom indeed.
“Now a piece like that with the royal provenance I guess it’s going to be £4,000 even £5,000.”
The shocked guest replied: “Really? Ah, we talked about it in the car on the way here and guessed £400. What do we know?”
“It was a cabinet piece and special indeed,” John added.
The guest continued: “Well, my mother asked me to pass it on to her niece so I guess I’ll have to do that. After that evaluation, one’s tempted to do otherwise.”
Antiques Roadshow airs on BBC One on Sundays at 8pm.
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published 2022-04-15 18:06:53