ANTIQUES ROADSHOW guests and the gathered crowd were left stunned when a set of silver was valued at a life-changing sum.
During a recent repeat episode, which originally aired in 2013 and has resurfaced, two guests sought expert Alastair Dickenson‘s advice on their silverware.
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BBCWhile inspecting the pieces, Alastair noticed they all have the same inscription[/caption]
However, they were left shocked when Alastair put an eye-watering sum of money on the precious antiques.
The holy collection, which consists of a church plate, communion cups and a flagon, dates back to the very first President of the United States – George Washington.
While inspecting the pieces, Alastair noticed they all have the same inscription.
When he asked about the significance of the names on the cups, the owners said: “We are both involved with the church. Lady Pargiter was the widow of Laurence Washington, and in memory of his death she presented this to the church over three hundred years ago.”
They revealed: “We have strong connections with the Washington family.”
They then pointed to a picture of the Washington Memorial, which features the coat of arms for the Washington family.
He then highlighted the stars and stripes which are from the 1600s and are understood to be the stars that form part of the American flag, saying: “Subsequently George Washington became the first President of the United States.”
“Goodness gracious,” a stunned Alastair remarked. “How absolutely fascinating.”
After examining the silverware further, he said: “I know it’s never going to be sold.
“I think it will be interesting to put a value on it and the story you tell about the Washington family, George Washington and the stars and stripes, really makes this something incredibly difficult to put a figure on.”
However, he did offer a price, saying he was “confident” that it would “fetch well over £100,000”.
Visibly shocked, the owners said: “I think we are very much indebted to our original benefactory in that case.”
“Thank you. It’s an absolute pleasure and joy to see and handle such wonderful pieces of 17th century silver,” expert Alastair concluded.
Antiques Roadshow airs on BBC One and available on iPlayer.
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BBCThe Washington Memorial features the coat of arms for the Washington family[/caption]