Antiques Roadshow: ‘Good grief’ Guest AMAZED at staggering valuation of rare culinary item

Antiques Roadshow continued this evening as host Fiona Bruce, 54, welcomed guests and experts to Buckfast Abbey on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon.

As all the guests hoped to get this relics valued, expert Lisa Lloyd was intrigued by one item in particular on the BBC show.

Lisa was joined by a guest who had brought along an antique which had been given to her as a young girl.

However, not realising what the relic actually was, the guest was blown away when she discovered its origin as well as how much it would value in auction.

Joined by the guest on the grounds of the Abbey, Lisa asked: “Well, what an amazing piece of trine you’ve brought me in today. Do you have any idea what is?”

Admitting she had no idea what she had had a hold of over, the guest listened intently to Lisa as the expert explained the wooden relic was actually a culinary item.

Lisa said: “Obviously you know how old it is because it’s got a date on it, 1751 and it’s actually what’s termed as an apple corer or an apple scoop.

“Now, it’s a design which has been made since Roman times, in fact, but generally they’re more commonly made out of bone.

“The fact that this one is fruit wood, and it’s possibly a cherry wood, I think it was more made as…not necessarily so much for use, but more an ornamental piece and probably a love token.

“And in fact it’s got initials on it and then we’ve got the date, 1751, so how come you have it?” Lisa asked.

The guest explained: “Well, my father was given it by a work friend and the reason he was given it was to give it to me because my initials as a small girl, which is when I was given it, were C and F.

“So this friend of my father thought I might like it.”

After hearing about how the guest came to own the relic, Lisa began to surmise its valuation, telling the antique owner: “Well it’s a really rare piece and we do see quite a lot of these apple scopes from the 18th century.

“But what makes this particular nice is the fact that it’s dated and it’s installed, so it actually could be a documented piece.

“So somebody could do a little bit of research on it,” Lisa remarked.

Good grief!

A guest

Finally revealing how much the relic would come to in auction, Lisa told the guest: “But, you know, I think it’s absolutely gorgeous and there’s avery strong market for this type of thing and I wouldn’t be surprised if this were to come up for auction it would probably make somewhere in the region of about £800 to £1,200.”

Astounded by the valuation, the guest exclaimed: “Oh, good grief.

“I’m amazed, absolutely amazed. But it’s been in the family now since I was a little girl, so I’ll keep it for a while,’ the guest admitted.

As the guest took in the news, Lisa continued: “Yeah, I think you have to, really.”

On last week’s show, another guest was left reeling at the news of the valuation of her Charlotte Bronte ring.

Antiques Roadshow continues Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.

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