“My mum will be really chuffed with that,” with Duncan complimenting the item and the wonderful story behind it before he got to making his valuation.
However, he told her: “I’ll tell you the truth, it’s not a valuable thing. It’s not silver, in fact, it’s electroplated – it’s silver plate. “
He had a further twist in store, noting: “But, this is a fantastic example of an antique, or an old object that doesn’t have to be worth much to be enormously valuable.
“It’s the best history of an object I’ve heard in a long time, it’s really quite moving,” he concluded.
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.