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Program 117
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A postbox from Penny Lane in Liverpool, a fascinating but "rather gruesome" collection of Suffragette material, a signed Rolling Stones LP won in a raffle, and a confusing rifle that was made in Turkey but is covered in Greek, French and German writing are among the many objects encountered by Michael Aspel and the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK team during their trip to Rugby.

1820s rifle appraised by Bill Harriman

1820s rifle Both Bill Harriman and the owner of the rifle are bemused by the writing on the top of a rather curious rifle. It turns out to have a mixture of Greek, French and German writing on it. Bill thinks that someone in Turkey or the Balkans must have seen a good-quality European rifle and tried to copy it. The lock is English from about 1790 and signed by Daniel Moore. The rifle was put together sometime around the 1820s and may well have been used in the first struggles for Greek independence around Lord Byron's time. Bill estimates its present-day worth at about £1,000 ($1,500).


Suffragette material appraised by Clive Farahar

Suffragette material A sizable collection of Suffragette material that has been passed down through generations of the owner's family includes several interesting prison letters. There is one from the governor of Holloway Prison returning a letter to inmate Alice Lea saying she is not entitled to receive mail or visits. Another is from Alice Lea herself, describing how those who stopped walking outside the prison were sent back in again—and therefore those who were too sick to walk and most in need of fresh air and exercise were denied it. There is also a letter written by another inmate, Edith Law, on toilet paper, which was subsequently thrown out a prison window. The letter warns the reader—whoever it may have been—to be wary, and asking that a Mrs. Pankhurst be told Edith is well and longing to be free. The collection also includes an anti-Suffragette pamphlet. Clive Farahar thinks the collection is strangely "gruesome" but feels that if properly catalogued it could fetch £1,000 ($1,500).


Penny Lane postbox appraised by Hilary Kay

Penny Lane postbox Penny Lane was of course made famous in a Beatles song and expert Hilary Kay explains that it was particularly important to them as Paul McCartney used to get his school bus from there every day as a boy in Liverpool. The owner of the postbox likes the fact that it says Penny Lane on it. He bought it from a man who used to work for the Post Office and didn't have room for it anymore. Hilary explains that the value for the postbox alone would be £200 ($300), but a Beatles fan might be prepared to pay £600 to £800 ($900 to $1,200) for this one.


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