Antiques Roadshow guest open-mouthed as expert reveals truth behind 'smuggled' family heirloom

Antiques Roadshow guest open-mouthed as expert reveals truth behind 'smuggled' family heirloom

ANTIQUES Roadshow expert Ian Pickford left a guest open-mouthed after revealing the truth behind her “smuggled” family heirloom.

Antique silver trade specialist Ian has seen his fair share of unique items – and a certain Chinese silver dish will certainly be high up on his list.


The owner of the silver dish explained how her ancestor "smuggled" it out of China on Antiques Roadshow.

To a non-expert, the dish may look like any other serving plate – but is actually worth over four figures.

At an initial glance, Ian was quick to say: "It is amazing what you can tell about families from the silver they produce. 

“My immediate deduction with this dish is that somebody in your family was out in the far east."

The owner told the host and nearby antique lovers the story of her grandfather, who lived in China.

Sure that this would have been around 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion, he was able to give context to her grandfather's struggles. 

The pair erupted in laughter as they thought of places they could have smuggled such a big item at the time.

As such a "wonderful dish", she was told China silverware is very much collected in modern times and the piece would fetch a hefty £1,000 to £1,500.

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The heir seemed to like what she heard and could be seen nodding very positively at the estimation.

Ian summed up the piece by saying it was "delightful", which left the guest with nothing more to say apart from "excellent.

Antiques Roadshow episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer. 

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