Antiques Roadshow expert issues stern warning to seller as she misses out on HUGE payout

Antiques Roadshow expert issues stern warning to seller as she misses out on HUGE payout

AN Antiques Roadshow expert issued a stern warning to a seller afted she missed out on a HUGE payout.

In an episode of the BBC series filmed at Stonor Park in Oxfordshire, a guest brought in a toolkit dating back to the 1800s.

Expert Hilary Kay said: "It's not a professional one – I'd have said it's a good amateur toolkit, used by a hobby carpenter."

She then asked if it was the lady's ink with the kit and she replied: "No, my grandfather inherited this toolkit from Florence Nightingale, who was his great aunt."

The lady had also brought in a photograph and pointed out her grandfather and the famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

Hilary then went over Florence's life, from her birth in Florence, Italy before she went to Germany to study nursing.

Then when the Crimean War broke out in 1853, Florence gathered a group of nurses and went to help stricken soldiers.

Hilary said: "So we know Florence went to the Crimea in 1854. Does this is any way fit in with that date? The answer is yes."

She explained how the company who made the toolkit was extremely popular in the 1850s, and for that reason alone it would have some value.

But Hilary warned the guest that the value could go from hundreds to thousands if she could find a paper trail to link it to Florence Nightingale.

She said: "The family link is good, and the date is good. As it is, it's going to be worth about £200.

"If we can make a paper trail to Florence Nightingale, then we're going to be talking about £5,000, £6,000 or £7,000 – who knows?"

The lady's eyes widened slightly at this, as Hilary added: "It would be a major find – if you can find that bit of paper. So I would encourage you to go through those family records."

Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.

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