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Antiques Roadshow: ‘Goodness!’ Guest speechless over staggering betel lime box valuation

Antiques Roadshow continued on Sunday, with guests brining along their relics to the Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester.

As is routine with the BBC show, experts are on hand to offer this advice to guests after learning a little bit about the antiques brought along.

Amin Jaffer, whose expertise lies with antiques originating from Asia, was joined by one guest who had developed a collection of betel lime boxes.

The collector explained he had stumbled across his first betel box whilst clearing through some of his late grandfather’s belongings, building up a collection since then.

Amin explained the betel bees, which look like saucers, were used to slice up South Asian delicacy areca nut, which would then be fermented and stirred up with other spices in the small compound.

The mixture would then be mixed with lime paste, in relation to the boxes namesake.

“[They’re] not known about in the West. It’s something people have no idea about,” the guest told Amin.

“So, I started doing my research and collecting; found them in the oddest places.

“It’s just gradually over the years built into what surprised me as a large collection,” he continued.

Stepping in, the expert remarked: “The fact people don’t recognise them means you can swoop in and pick them up for nothing.”


Antiques Roadshow guest

Although the guest had brought along a vast amount of the collection, he still had some at home which Amin took into account when giving his valuation.

“But I would’ve thought in the area, for the whole group, for the right buyer something of like £15-20,000,” Amin told the guest.

The betel box collector was astonished by the staggering valuation and after some moments of silence, the guest simply commented: “Goodness.”

Earlier on in the programme, expert Eric Knowles gave a valuation for a lustreware ceramic antique.

Explaining the history behind the piece, Eric said: “The designer was Walter Crane. I believe it was painted between 1906 and 1938 when the factory shut down. I don’t know the age of it.”

Eric stepped in to add: “I’ve had a look at the mark on the back and there’s a year symbol I know this was actually made in 1933.

“You didn’t know that, did you? Thank goodness for that because you knew everything else.”

“Now to fill in the missing gap when it comes to valuation, I’d like to say that it’d be worth at least £5,000…” Eric commented.

“But it isn’t, it’s actually worth £12,000,” the expert concluded.

“£12,000 wow my wife will be very pleased,” the guest exclaimed.

Antiques Roadshow continues Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.

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