Antiques Roadshow valuation of gold brooches and ring leaves guest gobsmacked

Antiques Roadshow: Expert values jewellery collection

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Antiques Roadshow visited Christchurch Park in Ipswich for an episode of the BBC show that aired earlier this year. Expert Kate Flitcroft was thrilled with a guest’s gold brooch and ring collection but she left the owner of the items gobsmacked when she revealed they would be worth up to £20,000 at auction. 

Kate began: “You’ve brought us a fantastic collection of miners’ jewellery or diggers’ jewellery however you’d like to call it. 

“I absolutely love seeing this array of different broaches here, it made my eyes light up. How did you come to collect these?”

“I ended up moving to Australia,” the guest replied. “I really wanted to see Australia, and I think my way to do that was to try and get out into the bush. 

“And what better way to go out into the bush than to go looking for gold nuggets?”

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“So that turned into my hobby and then, I guess I wanted to do something with those specs that I was finding,” he said.

“So I started researching, what I could do with it, in terms of making jewellery and came across the miners’ breaches and I just kind of fell in love with the idea of the miners’ brooches.

Kate continued: “I love the romantic notion of the miners’ jewellery.

“They would find their nugget of gold and then have it turned into something of such detail and beauty.”

“But also just to show off how great their find was. We have some that are rather modest, such as that one here,” Kate said.

“And others that are more elaborate with pendant buckets, and you’ve brought us some nuggets too that you found.”

“Yeah, bits of gold that I managed to find out in the bush,” the owner replied. 

“It is amazing to think that something like this can then just be turned into an absolute work of art with such amazing detail,” Kate remarked. 

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“Really the mining broaches tend to correspond with peaks in mining themselves,” she explained.

“Anything from the sort of mid 19th century and then again, to the late 19th century and around 1900.

“So you’ve got your brooches but you also have a fantastic ring which I think is very rare. 

“We’ve seen brooches come up on the auction market, in Australia, also here and in the US.”

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“But this ring is incredible, it has such detail, I do think it was probably made within the last 100 years or so, I don’t believe it’s the 19th century and you’ve put together an amazing collection of jewellery here,” Kate added. 

“I think today at auction, certainly for the broaches you’d be looking at least around £10,000 to £15,000, as a total.”

“And for the ring, I think, £3,000 to £5,000,” she revealed and he quipped: “Wow, yeah, that’s great.” 

“So, in total here about £13,000 to 20,000 pounds,” Kate shared and he added: “Wow, that’s good.” 

“Well, thanks for explaining it’s really fantastic I appreciate your thoughts on them,” the guest added.

Antiques Roadshow continues on BBC One on Sunday at 8pm.

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