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Victoria & Albert Museum


Host Michael Aspel introduces the season's first ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK from his hometown of London in the splendid surroundings of the famed Victoria & Albert Museum. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK's veteran team of experts uncovers many unusual objects, including an original, handwritten poem by W.B. Yeats, a rare silver tobacco box rescued from the trash, and a valuable painting by the leading candlelight painter of the 19th century.

W. B. Yeats manuscript appraised by Clive Farahar

Yeats manuscript Clive Farahar is delighted to find a handwritten draft of William Butler Yeats' "Cradle Song" among a collection of letters from various literary figures including Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, George Bernard Shaw and Yeats himself. The owner was given the collection by her grandmother when she was 12 years old and this is the first time they have been shown to anyone else. She is surprised that the poem is worth about £4,000 ($6,000) and the whole collection up to £10,000 ($15,000).


Silver tobacco box appraised by Ian Harris

Silver tobacco box Two silver objects found in a trashcan are brought to Ian Harris's attention and the owner says both were very dirty when he found them. "Do you make a habit of this?" asks Ian. "Yes ... I've had some pretty good finds over the years," says the owner. The bracelet has the romantic inscription "Loving Hearts Death Only Parts" but it is the silver tobacco box which Ian thinks is rather special. It was made by the celebrated silversmith Omar Ramsden in 1936 and it is decorated with two little cupids, one holding a pineapple which is a symbol of hospitality. Ian particularly likes the "pinched" design on the lid and he values it at £2,000 ($3,000).


Candlelight painting appraised by Philip Hook

Candlelight painting "I never expected that we'd find a museum-quality picture while we were here," says Philip Hook when he sees a candlelight scene of a quayside painted in oils. It came from the owner's husband's family and she thinks they liked it because his father and grandfather had both worked in the fish market. Petrus Van Schendel was the leading candlelight painter of the 19th century and the owner is amazed to discover that he is very collectible and the painting should now be insured for £100,000 ($145,000).


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