Antiques Roadshow guests speechless over value of silver cow ‘That’s a lot of money!’

In a recent episode of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, two guests were left shocked after hearing how much their great grandfather’s silver set would be sold at auction. The guests explained the silver had been in their family for generations and passed down to them.

Visiting Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff, Duncan began: “Well, unless you two are youngest silver dealers I’ve ever set eyes on, I’m guessing you must have been given this gorgeous collection of quite interesting silver, is that a fair guess?”

The oldest of the two girls said: “Yes, well, it was our granny’s, but before that, it was our great great grandad’s.”

Pointing to a picture the girls had brought along with them, Duncan asked: “And is this him?”

“He’s the one at the top, Walter,” the girls went on to explain in the picture with him was four generations, including their great, great, great, great grandad.

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Impressed by the history of the silverware, Duncan said: “Well, you’re very lucky because he had a good eye for silver.

“I think the best thing to do is if you could each pick out one item that your particular favourite, which is your favourite?” he first asked the older girl.

“My favourite is the bird, he’s really pretty, and he just looks nice,” with the second girl saying: “Mine’s the cow, it’s just nice, and I like how the back comes off as well.”

Agreeing with her, Duncan replied: “Yes, it’s very cartoonish, he’s rather cute they’re both lovely.”

Duncan explained to the pair the bird was actually a pepper pot, with the head twisting off to put the pepper inside.

He revealed it was made 150 years ago, and the little red eyes were made of glass, with both girls being impressed with how old it was.

Moving onto the cow, Duncan explained: “This is what’s known as a cow creamer, the reason he’s a cow is because you open his back up here, you fill him full of cream, and then you pour the cream out of his mouth.

“His mouth has a little slot in there, he’s the most collectable little model, relatively modern he’s only 150 years old, he was made in Holland.

“[To] sell here to a market that we’re very keen on cow creamers, they were terribly fashionable, everybody loved them,” he said to the girls.

Duncan asked: “Would you like to know who’s chosen the most valuable piece of silver among these? Who do you think it is, which one do you think is the most valuable?”

The youngest of the two first said: “I don’t know because I thought the bird’s eyes were rubies, but it turns out they’re glass.

“I think the cow because it’s bigger,” the older girl replied, with Duncan adding: “That’s a good answer, well actually as it turns out your right too.

“The cow because it’s bigger, your cow is worth somewhere in the order of £800 to £1000,” he revealed.

The older girl was shocked as her mouth dropped open, and her sister laughing at her reaction: “That’s a lot of money.”

Duncan also valued the bird as being worth between £300 to £400, as she repeated: “Still a lot of money.”

“And there are other things here that are worth a lot of money too, so you will take care of this lot, won’t you,” he exclaimed.

Speaking to the camera about their grandfather’s silver, the older girl explained: “It’s going to be nice knowing I have something that nice.

“Even though it’s tonnes of money, it’s still just something that I like even if it was worth nothing.”

Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.  
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