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During ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK's trip to Selby, appraisers found a few items with poignant stories to tell. Some rare walking sticks are identified as having been fashioned from beams salvaged after a fire that destroyed Selby Abbey in 1906. Impressed by the pristine condition of an old doll, appraiser Bunny Campione uncovers the sad reason why the toy seems untouched. And experts also discover an extremely valuable Masonic porcelain collection.



Selby Abbey walking sticks examined by Michael Aspel

Selby Abbey walking sticks In 1906, the roof of Selby Abbey was destroyed by fire and had to be rebuilt. One of the stonemasons retained some of the timbers that were salvaged and, over the years, carved walking sticks for "special people." There are only 12 of these sticks in the world and Michael is privileged to see two of them, which are inscribed "old oak 1906-Selby Abbey."

 

British doll appraised by Bunny Campione

Doll Bunny Campione is impressed by the pristine condition of an old doll brought in a box along with a dried-up orange and a faded photograph. The doll had belonged to the 5-year-old sister of the girl in the photograph. She had received it as a Christmas present but died only six weeks later of diphtheria. She was holding the doll and the orange when she died. Bunny says, "It's a tragic story, but things are more valuable when they haven't been played with." It is also unusual because it is a British doll. Bunny values it at £200 to £300 ($300 to $450).

 

Masonic porcelain collection appraised by Henry Sandon

Masonic porcelain collection "Some of them are of incredible rarity," exclaims Henry Sandon when presented with a large collection of porcelain and glass belonging to a Masonic lodge. Many of the objects are decorated with Masonic symbols. Henry is impressed by the variety and quality of the items, which were mostly purchased by two wealthy members of the lodge, and values the collection at more than £250,000 ($375,000).

 

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