During filming of BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, a collector of antiques was left completely dumbfounded as one of the experts valued the item he had taken along.
Antiques appraiser Andy McConnell was seen examining a glass goblet that had been brought along by a participant in the show. Although the item resembled a jam jar, McConnell was clearly excited about the glass item, and was heard saying that he had “always dreamt of seeing” such an item on the popular TV show.
According to the collector, he had bought the glass antique in a cheap store, and it had cost £2. McConnell explained that the ornament was a lidded goblet made in England between 1730 and 1750, composed of Venetian glass. McConnell stated that the collector would have bought the item as a decorative piece and pointed out the glasswork, which had been double dipped, and the diamond detailing.
However, he left the collector stunned as he gave the valuation as £5,000, saying “That shut you up, didn’t it?”
While the collector was left reeling from the news, the expert was clearly delighted by the piece, describing it as a “peach”.
McConnell joined the Antiques Roadshow in 2005 and is no stranger to valuable items. He previously valued a 1710 at £7,500 in 2009.
The glass goblet would possibly enhance the appearance of an antique desk or sideboard in the lounge of a collector’s home.
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