Antiques Roadshow saw a tempting five-figure valuation at the end of Sunday’s show, as the family of an Everest climber displayed its rich expedition tools
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An Antiques Roadshow guest was left speechless by expert Fuchsia Voremberg during Sunday’s installment of BBC One’s collectible valuation.
One family appeared on the show to have their ancestor’s climbing kit appreciated by the show’s expert eye.
Fuchsia has offered an attractive valuation for renowned mountaineer Theodore Howard Somervell’s expedition tools at £70,000.
The climber was a member of two expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920s and his kit has been perfectly preserved by his nephew and great-grandson.
Sitting next to an extensive collection of items at the roadshow, Fuchsia was immediately blown away.
She said: “So I took the train to Birmingham this morning, and I was completely surrounded by hikers on my way to the Peak District.
“However, they’ve never had a kit that looks like this, can you tell me a little bit about these incredible items you’ve brought?”
Somervell’s grandson explained: “They all belonged to my grandfather, I’m a grandson, and these two boys are great-grandchildren.”
Fuchsia continued: “And your grandfather was Theodore Howard Somervell, it’s fantastical and a really famous name in rock climbing history.”
Fuchsia asked if he had been on the British Everest expeditions of 1922 and 1924, which the visitor identified as him, pointing to a photograph.
“This photograph was taken at 27,000 feet in 1924 at the time, it is the tallest photograph mankind has ever taken,” he said.
As she began to take a closer look at the items, Fuchsia exclaimed, “It’s hard to know where to start, he’s got so many eyes in the fire, and we could do an entire show about it. he.
“Climbing in the 1920s was quite different from the type of climbing people do today, these climbing irons were made of wrought steel, so I picked them up earlier, and they were a bit heavy. amount to it, and I’m not sure if I can climb the stairs with them, let alone a mountain.
“And these goggles, they will be an absolutely necessary tool to prevent you from being blinded by the snow when you are surrounded by white and cold air.
“You quickly learn that it will be quite detrimental to your eyes, but the Everest expeditions are famous not only because they were first attempts.
“But they were also affected quite badly by the tragedy of the 1922 expedition, I know that seven very sad hikers lost their lives in an avalanche.”
“And then during the 1924 expedition, Mallory and Irving disappeared near the top of the mountain, and it is still unknown if they reached the top of the mountain before they died,” she revealed.
Fuchsia then set to work assessing the items the family brought in, saying: “There’s a lot going on here, and valuing a collection like this is quite complicated.
“But I can guess, so when you factor in paintings, climbing aids, sketchbooks, it would be something in the region of £70,000.”
Somervell’s grandson exclaimed: “Oh my god, you’re joking!” while the rest of the family was left speechless and giggled at the huge amount of money.
She asked the woman accompanying them: “Does that change the way you feel about these items?”
“It’s amazing, I always knew he was awesome,” she replied.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/antiques-roadshow-guest-stunned-valuation-26681695 Antiques Roadshow guests stunned at 'incredible' Everest climbing kit valuations from the 1920s