We know fans only watch Antiques Roadshow to guess what everything is worth.
So we won’t completely ruin it, but in the coming episodes the show will feature a jaw-dropping six-figure valuation and some of the oddest finds ever.
Fiona Bruce and the team head for Burton Constable Hall, near Hull, for the next two weeks.
It’s a remarkable property stuffed with family legends and treasures, including a remarkable cabinet of curiosities. But the objects delivered by visitors are just as diverse.
A family bring in 1,500 Georgian shoe buckles which were obsessively collected by a late husband for over 50 years. His investment proves to be wise when expert Judith Miller delivers the valuation.
There’s a ship’s anchor found in a garden pond, a medal given for heroism to a local sailor who helped break Captain Scott’s ship out of Antarctic ice in 1901.
And a late Victorian moth brooch thought to be a fairly cheap 1983 wedding present, then put away in a drawer, turns out to be encrusted with diamonds.
But the award for most curious acquisition must go to a bronze figure which was swapped for cash and fried food.
The unnamed owner explains: “It lives with us in Hull. I bought her from a friend and I own a fish and chip shop so I paid £200 plus 10 lots of fish and chips.”
Expert Chris Yeo says: “A few fish suppers, that is certainly a first for me when it comes to a payment. It’s a statement piece and very elegant.”
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u can find out on March 26 if the chips are down or up on the investment.