Antiques Roadshow headed to Newcastle this weekend when the town gathered at the Civic Centre with their antiques hoping to earn a pretty penny or two.
During the episode, viewers saw expert Paul Atterbury look at an original ribbon from a ship and after revealing the story behind the item, he advisedthe owner to keep hold of it.
The guest began explaining: “This is the ribbon of the Mauretania which the Duchess of Roxburgh actually smashed the champagne bottle on the launch to send it down the slipway [into the Tyne].
“And it was handed down to me, from my father who was the managing director of Swan Hunter’s, who was handed it down from the managing director of Wigwam Richardson, which actually built the ship itself.”
Adding to the context, Paul said: “In 1906, it’s launched. It went right through into the ‘30s as a really popular ship and indeed when it was replaced, it was another Mauretania. The name carried on. It was a ship with an amazingly long and successful career but it was also a record-breaker.”
“It certainly was,” the owner clarified. “It held the record for 20 years of the Blue Riband which is, of course, crossing the Atlantic east to west.
“The fastest crossing?” Paul enquired and the gentleman continued: “The fastest crossing, and it held it both ways for 20 years which is unheard of.”
“It’s of a great rarity. It’s something that has got a wonderful story, very clear, right back to the roots and it’s a ship that remained perennially popular and so it has a market today. Everybody knows the Mauretania.”
And those at home then saw Paul reveal the value of the item, he said: “So I think that ribbon is going to be about £2,000.”
“Well, we’ll never sell it because obviously, it’s going to be handed down through the family,” the guest explained.
“You can’t sell it,” Paul remarked understandably and then joked: “I forbid you to do it!”
It comes after viewers saw another expert stunned when she found out the owner had been wearing a valuable brooch.
During an episode last month when Antiques Roadshow went to Halifax, Susan Rumfitt was the expert looking over an item of jewellery.
Discussing the Victoria item, Susan explained how the “intricate and delicate” design set the bar high for valuation.
She revealed the piece to be worth £2,000 at auction which the owner seem pleased about.
That was until she explained how she had worn it as fancy dress to a recent party.
Viewers saw Susan’s mouth drop open in astonishment at the admission and told the owner not to do that in the future.
Elsewhere in the episode, BBC fans saw an item originally worth £10, fetch a really high price tag.
The water-dropper which originated from 17th Century China was bought by the lady in Tynemouth around 35 years ago.
At the time, the price she paid for the item was quite high but not in comparison to what it would fetch in today’s market.
Antiques Roadshow returns next Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.