A collection of treasures was brought along to Balmoral Castle recently as the Antiques Roadshow arrived to film another episode of the popular TV show. Among the antiques and unusual items was a pair of spades with red velvet on the handles and a one-armed dining chair.
Fiona Bruce, the presenter of the show, spent time with fans who had turned up to the Queen’s Scottish residence with a host of unusual items, some valuable and others with an interesting tale. Although the show has been filmed in a number of stately homes, the royal castle was a first for the presenter. Bruce said:
“We’re really hoping that people will bring things associated with Balmoral Castle and the estate, as the connection between Balmoral and the local people is very strong.”
One of the first items to catch the eye of the antiques experts was a pair of spades previoiusly used by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at a tree planting ceremony. The handles of the spades are covered in red velvet and belong to John Sim. He inherited the spades from his mother who was given them by a friend who disliked them. They were valued at £1,500.
The one-armed chair was brought along as it had been made by Tim Stead, the late wood artist from Scotland. The owners wanted to know whether the chair and the rest of the dining set would become valuable in the future and were told to keep records and insure it.
We may have a lack of one-armed chairs but, for antique dining chairs with two arms, established antiques dealers in Blackburn have a range of quality chairs on display.
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