Fans of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow were certainly in for a treat, as a recently aired episode discovered a variety of unusual items. The episode was filmed at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and featured a death mask, a horn discovered by a soldier and almost 140 ornaments of canaries.
Fiona Bruce and the team of antiques experts were on hand at the university to appraise the items brought along by members of the public. One of the experts, Bunny Campione, was thrilled to see 138 ornamental canaries, stating that it was “the most amazing collection”. The value of the canaries was estimated around £7,000.
The University of East Anglia’s vice chancellor, Edward Acton, presented a death mask of William Gladstone. The mask had once belonged to Lord Acton, his great grandfather. Philip Mould, the specialist on hand, estimated that the “undiluted expression of death” could be worth up to £6,000. Edward Acton confirmed that the mask was not for sale.
A soldier who had served in Afghanistan brought in a horn he had discovered in the desert while on duty with the Royal Anglian Regiment. Although expert Paul Viney described finding the horn as “wonderful”, the value was only around £150.
For those collectors who have unusual items, like the mask or the Middle Eastern horn, one suitable display case could be a wooden antique cabinet. Blackburn has a number of reputable antique dealers who have various pieces on display.
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