AN ANTIQUES Roadshow guest was left stunned after the expert revealed the jaw-dropping value of some precious jewellery with a royal connection.
Expert Geoffrey Munn was joined by two ladies who brought along brooches had been handed down through their family.
The women explained that they items originally belonged to a great-great-aunt who worked for Queen Alexandra of Denmark.
He was thrilled to examine the jewellery, he said: “Well two jewels here, two original boxes for them, and in the lid, there are suppliers to the Royal Family.
“This one says Hancock’s and that one says Collingwood. Both of them have been suppliers to the British Royal Family for quite a long time.
“What amazing relics they are!”
The expert then took a closer look at each brooch and noted that one was made of pure gold and embellished with coral.
He explained that coral is associated with Venus, the goddess of love and could be an item you’d give to a potential suitor.
Geoffrey continued: “This is the sort of thing that would mark a big occasion in a courtier’s life.”
Moving onto the second brooch, he said: “This one is in black Onyx with a very conspicuous pearl cross on it.
“It ticks every single box for memorial jewellery. So, this is commemorating somebody that had died and I think if we turn it over we’ll be able to see the date in which that happened.”
He then turned over the brooch and uncovered a picture of Queen Alexandra, with delicate inscription.
It read: “From Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, July 7, 1870.”
An amazed Geoffrey said: “This is an intensely personal gift.”
The ladies added that their great-great-aunt was maid for the then Princess Alexandra and was gifted the jewellery.
The ladies nervously waited for the estimation, with Geoffrey telling them that the piece had significant history behind it.
Geoffrey said: “When you can find a piece of jewellery like this, with the maker, with the provenance, and the exact history, comes a jolly nice value.
“I have no hesitation at all in saying this is £6,000 to £8,000.”
The owners were blown away by the valuation, with one exclaiming: “Wow! That is amazing!
“I’m going to say £8,000 to £10,000.”
The huge sum initially left the guests lost for words, one replied: “That is incredible! Wow, that is amazing. I mean we are really – it’s the historical value of them.”
Geoffrey pointed out just how importance of these inscriptions, otherwise they would have been worth “a 10th of the value”.
Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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