Antiques Roadshow guest refuses to sell priceless cup

Antiques Roadshow: Woman doesn’t want to sell ‘priceless’ cup

An Antiques Roadshow guest vowed not to sell a stunning Rose Bowl cup that she presented to expert Duncan Campbell for inspection on the BBC show.

The item featured in a classic episode filmed in the gorgeous National Trust-managed Powis Castle and Garden in Wales.

The family heirloom was won by her grandfather Donald Munn, credited as DH Munn on the trophy, for swimming the River Wye at the beginning of the Twentieth Century.

Describing it as “one of the most compelling tales I’ve heard all day” Duncan asked the woman how her ancestor acquired the cup.

She revealed, in front of the gathered onlookers, that, “he won it for swimming part of the River Wye three times in [the] Swimming Championships of Herefordshire.”

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Thanks to his trifecta of wins in 1905, 1906 and 1908, he was allowed to keep the silverware, but when Duncan enquired how much of the Wye he swam the guest admitted she wasn’t sure.

“I’ve been trying to do some research,” she admitted, “but I guess it must have been difficult because my mother was very, very proud of what he has achieved as was he.”

The impressive silver trophy was displayed alongside a photograph of her grandfather with the item and a group photograph of him with fellow swimmers which Duncan was fascinated by.

“Looking at that photograph I’m so envious of your grandfather. There is nothing I’d like to do more than dive in,” he confessed as she revealed that he was wearing a knitted bathing costume.

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In the moment of truth, Duncan gave her the background and value of the family heirloom.

Telling her that it was made in London in 1899 he revealed: “Your priceless Rose Bowl, which is solid silver, is worth about sort of £350.”

However, looking at the guest he could see she wasn’t keen on parting with it and questioned her saying:” It’s never going to be sold is it?”

She acknowledged that it wouldn’t, telling him: “No the story will go on,” which led Duncan to acknowledge: “The story is worth vastly more than that.”

Antiques Roadshow episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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