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Melksham
Melksham, Wiltshire, EnglandHighlightsLocation

A collection of bedpans and a dog collar over 200 years old, an Edmund Dulac sketch worth £10,000, and a gold box found in the mud are only a few of the miscellany of interesting objects that turned up during the ROADSHOW's visit to Melksham.



18th-century French gold box appraised by Ian Pickford

18th-century French gold box Forty years ago the owner's boyfriend was in Wales on leave from the army and during a walk kicked a clump of earth and noticed something glinting. He found a small box, took it home, cleaned it and gave it to her. Since then the owner of the box has seen similar designs in Versailles and thinks it may be French. Ian Pickford confirms that it was indeed made in Paris in 1765, of green, red, white, and yellow gold. It now has a value of £3,000 ($4,500) or more.

 

Edmund Dulac sketch appraised by Mark Poltimore

Edmund Dulac sketch A sketch by Edmund Dulac of a man dressed in an Eastern outfit was found by the owner among her father's things when he died. Mark Poltimore is delighted to see such a beautiful drawing. Dulac was one of the finest illustrators of the 19th century, illustrating the most famous children's books of the time. such as Treasure Island and Arabian Nights. The drawing is inscribed: "To Mr. Clarkson, souvenir of the Italian Ball, 1920." But there's no clue as to whether the sketch is of Mr. Clarkson himself. Nevertheless, the owner is very surprised to hear from Mark that the drawing should be insured for £10,000 ($15,000).

 

Collection of "oddities" appraised by Henry Sandon and Elaine Binning

Collection of 'oddities' All sorts of odd collections turn up at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK, but an assortment of bedpans is something new. It turns out that bedpans come in all shapes, some designed specifically for women and some for men, and in different sizes too. Henry Sandon asks the owner what her husband thinks about her hobby. "He goes a bit potty about it," she says (which will sound like an apt pun to our American audience!). Another interesting object is a small metal dog collar made in 1784, which bears the inscription, "I am my master's dog J.D., pray tell me sir whose dog you be." Elaine Binning calls it a "fantastic example of a late 18th-century dog collar".

 

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