Crowds gather for the Antiques Roadshow
PUBLISHED: 11:41 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:14 25 August 2010
THE nation s favourite antiques show at which nine million objects were valued returned to a world heritage site where it was filmed 11 years ago.
THE nation's favourite antiques show at which nine million objects were valued returned to a world heritage site where it was filmed 11 years ago.
More than 2,500 people flocked to the Antiques Roadshow at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, clutching precious family heirlooms wrapped in bubble wrap and wheeling shopping baskets up to the Painted Hall.
They started queuing around the Old Royal Naval College from 6.50am last Thursday morning in the hope that one of the experts on hand would tell them their finds were worth a fortune.
Lines of people snaked around the college, doubling back on themselves after they were told that if they were in line by 4.30pm, they were guaranteed to see an expert.
Producers of the 32-year-old show are hoping to get two programmes' worth of footage, which is due to be aired in April next year.
However some people misunderstood the concept of the show which has had 562 programmes broadcast.
One of these was a family who brought their dining table, six chairs and a coffee table in a van hoping to flog it at the show.
Fiona Bruce, who is now presenting her second series, said the most surreal object she had on the show was an amniotic sac which covers some newborn babies.
She said: "I have never seen anything like it. One of the experts looked at it and didn't put a value on it.
"It was his great grandfather's. His grandmother kept it.
"It was believed to be fortunate.
"They thought it was a talisman against drowning."
The former model said she was excited to be filming in Greenwich, where she bought her first flat.
She said: "I went to Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College in New Cross and spent my formative years in Blackheath.
"I have never been in the Painted Hall before. We used to have choir practise in the chapel at the Old Royal Naval College.
"It does feel different. We have done very few shows indoors. This is just an incredible room. To think this was done for retiring seamen from humble backgrounds. Humble sea-faring men eating boiled beef.
"I think it was done to rival the Chelsea barracks."
The newsreader would not be drawn into discussion about the BBC using licence fee payers' money to move into ever more commercial areas, but did apologise for "being so neutral" on the issue.
She said: "The BBC is something that attracts a lot of attention because it is paid for out of the public purse and the day people stop is the day we cease.
"I won't stray into that territory."
'Rubbish' worth a fortune
MENTAL health service manager Kevin Towers and partner Theresa McDonald, a drug and alcohol action commissioner, brought a cast bronze statue of Florence Nightingale:
She said: "I know there is one in 10 Downing Street. We have been told it is worth £1,500 to £2,000. I bought it in a reclamation yard in 2002 for £50. I bought it because I am a nurse. We have been told it is from 1880. I don't want to give people the name of the yard or tell the people there how much it is worth!
"I thought it was a bit of rubbish."
Bed's staying in the family
RETIRED RAF engineer Derek Wood, 71, from Worthing, brought the head board of a bed, and left the rest of it at home. The complete bed was valued at £3,000.
He said: "We bought it in the back of our car. It is made out of rosewood and there is a debate whether it is ivory or bone. It came from India, but could be Syrian. The grandchildren always wanted to sleep on it. It is going to go into one of their families so they may as well make use of it. We have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. We never want to sell it. You will get £3,000 but once it is gone, it is gone."
Lion pair statues found at café
MOTHER-of-two Helen Clenshaw, 61, from Slade Green, brought two carved wooden lions about 160-years-old, which were valued at £2,000.
She said: "They were either side of a counter in a café in Woolwich and had been there for 40 years.
"Woolwich Arsenal redevelopment came about and I retrieved them from the Station Café.
"I had no idea what they were worth. They are just beautiful. Everything is carved, even the teeth and tongues.
"I don't think I will sell them. We were the first to be filmed at 9am this morning."
Artefact left in loft for 30 years valued at £1,000
RETIRED surveyor Graham Baker,63, from Blackheath brought an apothecary case, it had been stuck in his loft for more than 30 years.
It was valued between £750 and £1,000, and contains elixir of vitriol, spirit nitre, spirits of hartshorn, morphine, powdered lpecauanha.
He said: "I thought it would be worth £300. I was surveying a house in Dulwich and the woman said she was too old to take some things with her. She asked if I would take it and I said no and then she insisted and then it went into my loft for 37 years.
"It is nice to know the value and that is what we came for."
Violin bought for a fiver at jumble sale
SCREEN writer David Buckley, 60, from Eltham, said: "It is a German Victorian Stradivarius violin made at a time before trademarks were established. I bought it for a fiver in a jumble sale and they have valued it between £300 to £400. But it could be worth more. One of my daughters plays it. I paid £100 for repairs so it could be played.
The bow was made by Dodd which is quite rare. If it was a real Dodd it could be worth thousands. I am interested in selling the bow. I am happy with how the day has gone."
Painting was snapped up at Brick Lane market
JEWELLER Kevin McGlue, 70, from Lewisham, brought an embroidered picture valued between £250 and dates back to 1850. He said: "I bought it on Brick Lane market 30 years ago. We are not going to sell the piece as we don't need the money. We were incredibly lucky because we were in the queue outside and somebody gave me a card and said you can go to the front of the queue. We only had to queue for one-and-a-half hours."
Chair takes centre stage
RETIRED naval officer Robert Sutton, 83, from Greenwich, brought a
nursery chair with ceramic casters which he was told dated from 1850 to 1860.
He said: "It is worth between £110 to £120, not that we would ever sell it. It was in the family and I didn't know how much it was worth. We use it mostly as a decorative piece and sometimes clothes get thrown on it.