Tim Wonnacott tells BBC Antiques Road Trip viewers he needs to sit down after a £10 sterling silver tea set was smashed at auction, making big money for expert Charles Hanson
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Antiques Road Trip’s Tim Wonnacott was exposed when a £10 set of teapots turned a huge profit.
This silver set was purchased by antiques expert Charles Hanson, 43, who was traveling South Wales in search of a bargain.
As he took the set out of the closet, Charles realized there was a sweet addition to the delicate piece.
He held up what looked like a cup, he said: “You too… it’s not a love cup, because it has two handles, this is a sugar bowl.
“It goes well with the teapot because you already have such angled handles, which are very aesthetically pleasing. I think this was about 1875, 1880.
“There’s also your milk and ice cream jug in the cupboard,” he adds excitedly, pointing out that it also has the same handle.
“I like the fact that it has a badge, so it’s pretty regal in some respects.
“It’s a national emblem on each object that matches,” the expert explained.
Clearly delighted with the craftsmanship, Charles says: “Every of its inner lids, and also the sugar bowl, are beautifully gilded, which is, again, a sure sign of quality. “
The owner of the shop only wants £10 for the three-piece set, which experts say is a “good price”, insists it will not be negotiated.
At the auction house, Charles regrouped with antiques expert Raj Bisram, telling his co-star that “there could be tremors across South Wales as the gaval collapses”.
The auctioneer started the auction with an impressive £120, prompting Charles to exclaim: “Yes, we got it! Yes!”
The bids were dense and quick and quickly reached £160, to which the expert replied: “Nice guy, good guy.”
Clearly impressed by his co-star’s success, Raj exclaims, “Wow. On the spot above.”
After a long auction, the tea set finally sold for a total of £260, Charles shouted: “Yes!”
Watching the high-octane film, Antiques Road Trip narrator Tim Wonnacott, 70, admits: “I think I need to sit down. That is excellent. “
Charles breathed, concluded: “Oh, I can’t believe it. I’m pretty excited. Yes, the good stuff. “
Antiques Road Trip airs weekdays at 4:30pm on BBC One
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