Antiques Roadshow guest left 'terrified' as expert reveals truth behind chest 'unlike anything he's seen before'
AN Antiques Roadshow guest was left 'terrified' after an expert revealed the staggering truth behind a chest 'unlike anything he'd seen before'.
The classic episode of the BBC show saw expert Christopher Payne meet a woman who had brought in a rare chest dating to Queen Anne's reign, which also carried her initials.
A queen's crown was also marked above the initials and Christopher said: "This is one of the most extraordinary things I've seen in my 45 years of looking at furniture."
The woman revealed: "It was bought by two spinster great aunts of my mother who we think bought it in about 1880 from a friend in Birmingham.
"And it's always been known in the family as the Queen Anne chest and I have no idea whether it genuinely is or not but I have known it all my life."
Christopher explained that Queen Anne had reigned more than 300 years ago and said the chest was "the most extraordinary thing".
They looked in the drawers which revealed one was quilted with red silk, while another was lined with marbled paper, and he described them as "magical".
As he complimented the craftsmanship, the guest said: "Yes, well it does get polished occasionally but I'm not the best housewife."
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But Christopher replied: "I want you to stop polishing it, just love it and touch it.”
He continued: "I've never seen a chest of drawers made with a handle from the side and runners underneath like skis which can be dragged along the cobbles or across the floor.
"It's one of the most exotic things I've ever seen on the Antiques Roadshow, I've never seen one, ever. Have you ever had it valued?"
The guest replied she had been told it was worth a modest £600, but Christopher disagreed, saying he thought it would be more like £20,000.
The woman exclaimed: "What? Heavens above."
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He added: "And if it was worth £30,000 I wouldn't be surprised. There is no guiding mark at all.
"The next stage is to try and research this and it would be a wonderful project for someone like a student at university just to see whether there's any record of Queen Anne having a leather chest of draws.
"It may be if you can prove that then my valuation may prove a bit conservative because every museum in Scotland and England would want that item."
The guest replied: "I'm not sure if you've made my day or terrified me."
Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC iPlayer.
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