Ship and cargo documents appraised by Clive Farahar
A collection of ship's accounts and books full of details about
the sale of slaves, an auction of stolen bounty, and details of
sailors' wages are the things "one dreams of finding," Clive
Farahar says. He thinks the accounts are gruesome, yet fascinating.
There is a document dated 1778 listing the sale of 234 slaves for
a total of £6,906a lot of money in those days. Also, something
unusual: an auction catalogue of the bounty stolen by
the Essexwhich was obviously a private ship of warsuch as
sugar, coffee, and tobacco. Incredibly, the owner's father managed
to rescue these documents from being burned 50 years ago and
they're now worth around £5,000 ($7,500).
Possible Constable drawing appraised by Phillip Hook
"At last, an almost certainly genuine Constable on the ROADSHOW," exclaims Philip Hook. "Many people come into the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW saying 'I've got this Constable,' and so many people are disappointed." However, Phillip believes this sketch is an early Constable done when he was training to be an artist and studying with the watercolorist John Thomas Smith, probably in the 1790s. The owner bought the sketch in 1971 in Suffolka nice connection as that's where Constable came fromand she is delighted to think it might be genuine. Surprisingly for a Constable though, it's only valued at £1,200 to £1,500 ($1,800 to $2,250).
Queen Victoria's handkerchief appraised by Marc Allum
A lady brings in a handkerchief with the cipher "VR," which Marc Allum says denotes it as belonging to Queen Victoria. He wonders how she came to have one of the Queen's handkerchiefs. The owner explains that her great aunt used to string the pearls for Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra and, when she retired, Queen Alexandra gave her this box, which is supposed to be Queen Victoria's handkerchief box. So both the boulle-work box and the handkerchief would seem to have come from the Royal personage.