Antiques Roadshow guest breaks down in tears as she learns truth behind crystal box picked up for £32 | The Sun
A GUEST on the Antiques Roadshow was left in tears over a stunning valuation of her glass box.
The show's antiques expert, Joanna Hardy, was also left gobsmacked when she found out how much the guest had originally purchased it for.
The BBC show, hosted by Joanna Hardy, was filmed in Edinburgh, at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.
The team of experts were treated to a wide range of antiques to look over whilst at the location, but it was one guest in particular who really stunned everyone.
She presented a small, detailed glass box to Joanna, who said after looking at it: "The skill of a goldsmith and the skill of an enameler, is the same whether they are making jewellery.
"This beautiful box, it is just wonderful, now tell me why did it catch your attention and how did it catch your attention?"
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The guest explained to the expert: "Well it was actually on an online auction down in England and I just thought there was something really unusual about it being rock crystal because I don't really see so many of these sorts of items like this."
Admitting she loved online auctions, and they were a hobby of hers, the guest explained that the box wasn't glistening like it was when she bought it.
She said: "I think they described it as being glass, a glass box and I knew it had something unusual about it, with the designs on it and things like that.
"I couldn't really see much of the silver, I had a sneaky feeling it might be that so we actually polished it all to reveal the beautiful enamel on the surface and the lovely colours."
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She then revealed to Joanna: "I actually paid £32" for the box, which the expert was left stunned by.
She explained exactly what the box was: "Well, this is rock crystal which is of the quartz family.
"And you can see the inclusions inside the stone which is their natural inclusions, there are no bubbles, if you saw bubbles then you would know it would be glass."
Joanna continued: "Now, in about 1850 in Vienna in Austria, there were a group of goldsmiths who also did a lot of enamelling work sort of in the renaissance style and this is in the neo-renaissance style.
"So this is dating this from about 1860 to 1870, but there was one person that was really the head of this, he was the leading enamelist in Vienna at the time and he did the neo-renaissance work."
Then it was on the valuation, with Joanna exclaiming how she "can't believe" it only cost the guest £32.
She then revealed: "If that was in the right auction I think you are going to be looking at between £4,000 and £6,000."
The guest couldn't believe what she'd heard, as she responded: "NO! Really?!"
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She then proceeded to break down in tears, as Joanna congratulated her: "Enjoy it and well done."
Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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