Antiques Roadshow expert uncovers hidden valuation twist of WW1 beaker found in trenches

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BBC show Antiques Roadshow airs every Sunday, giving those across the nation a chance to find out of their treasured items might be worth something substantial. Earlier this month, one guest brought along an object from World War One her great-grandfather had repurposed during the war but expert Duncan left her wowed after he gave her some insight into the history of the object that had been passed through her family. 

Earlier this month, Fiona and her host of experts came from the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire. 

As always, there were some treats in store for the show’s valuation team, with Duncan being given an artefact from WW1 to examine. 

However, the guest was left gobsmacked after discovering the history of her item, which was much different from what she previously believed. 

“A little beaker like that can only be made in France – now you’ve brought it here to South Wales, what does it mean to you? Why have you brought it here?” Duncan asked.

She replied: “So, my great-grandfather brought it back after the First World War and he was based in Ypres, down in the trenches.”

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The guest told Duncan the photo she had brought along with her was of her great-grandfather, Henry Morris. 

She continued: “He found it in the trench, in the mud, so it was all black and horrible. 

“He used it while he was in the war as a shaving mug,” however, she made a shock revelation about how the beaker ended up being thrown away.

The guest added: “When he came home, my grandmother said ‘What’s this?’ and he said ‘Oh I don’t know, you can throw it away, I’ve been using it as a shaving mug.’

“And then, she said ‘I think it’s silver,’ so she cleaned it up and then when my mother was born in 1942, it was given to her as a christening present!”

Duncan reiterated: “So he dug it out of the mud in Ypres. Presumably, it belonged to a Frenchman in a French trench was it?”

The guess confirmed: “I’m guessing, I don’t really know the details but I’m guessing so.”

The expert continued to delve into the detail of the item, saying: “So it’s been recycled, used as a shaving mug and then recycled again.”

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However, he left the guest stunned with his revelation, telling her: “It’s been used as a christening mug, back to what it originally was!”

The guest explained how her family believed it to be a stirrup cup but Duncan told her how this kind of cup was often given as a christening gift in France.

He continued: “On the front, it’s engraved with the chap’s name, which may well have been the soldier of the Great War who lost it. 

“So it’s come full circle in a way,” with the guest confessing: “That’s fantastic, that’s made me go a bit goosey, actually!

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“My mum will be really chuffed with that,” with Duncan complimenting the item and the wonderful story behind it before he got to making his valuation. 

However, he told her: “I’ll tell you the truth, it’s not a valuable thing. It’s not silver, in fact, it’s electroplated – it’s silver plate. “

He had a further twist in store, noting: “But, this is a fantastic example of an antique, or an old object that doesn’t have to be worth much to be enormously valuable.

“It’s the best history of an object I’ve heard in a long time, it’s really quite moving,” he concluded.

Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One. 

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Antiques Roadshow cancelled: BBC show taken off air in schedule shake-up – here’s why

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Antiques Roadshow has been on air for 41 years, airing every Sunday evening with Fiona Bruce at the helm and a team of experts in all areas of collectable items. However, tonight it has been removed from its usual slot on BBC One and instead replaced with Primates. Here’s everything you need to know…

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For the last 40 seasons, viewers have seen the show trek up and down the country in search of some weird, wonderful, rare and expensive items to be valued. 

From a Georgian table which was upcycled and decreased it’s valued by 90 percent, to toilet seat covers Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II sat on, the show welcomes everyone and their collectables to tell the story of how they came to own them. 

Last week, BBC One viewers tuned in to see a different kind of Antiques Roadshow which focused on VE Day memorabilia and stories to mark the 75th anniversary. 

Many took to Twitter complaining they were missing their usual fix of valuations, and it seems they are going to have to wait another week. 

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Tonight, the show has been taken off air and replaced by Primates instead. 

Those tuning in will see episode three of series one which will see Chris Packham narrate. 

The instalment will look into what is being done to protect these animals considering half of the world’s primates are under threat of extinction. 

There are no other changes to the Sunday night line-up on BBC One as Countryfile will still air at 7.15pm. 

Following Primates will be episode five of Killing Eve at 9.15pm. 

So when will Antiques Roadshow return? 

Next Sunday, back in it’s 8.15pm slot on BBC One with episode nine, Aerospace one. 

Fiona will be presenting the show from the Concorde Hangar at the Aerospace Bristol museum.

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Those at home will see the most surprising item brought in is a very valuable statue of Buddha. 

But how much is it really worth? 

Other findings being valued include an intricate model of a vintage car made by a prisoner of war, an Elizabethan ring and a collection of classic guitars. 

Of course, there will also be a great variety of Concorde memorabilia to fawn over. 

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One tweeted: “Are you missing #AntiquesRoadshow too? Sunday nights aren’t the same without it.” 

Another added: “What was in tonight’s #antiquesroadshow that got it pulled? I’ve got watch f-ing Keith Lemon on Channel 4 now.”

And now, no f*****g #antiquesroadshow,” someone else blasted. 

Antiques Roadshow returns next Sunday at 8.15pm on BBC One. 

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Ant McPartlin 'gets permission to build pool at his £6million home'

Ant McPartlin and girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett ‘planning to build a swimming pool and victorian garden room’ at their £6million London home

  • The couple have gained approval to install a pool in their secluded garden
  • Ant and Anne-Marie moved into the seven bedroom property in 2018
  • The council are said to have granted permission to also build a victorian changing room
  • Ant and Anne-Marie live in the £6million South London property with her two children
  • The couple moved in after going public with their romance
  • Ant announced in 2018 he was divorcing his wife Lisa Armstrong after 11 years of marriage 

Ant McPartlin and his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett have gained permission to build a swimming pool at their £6million South West London home, it has been reported. 

The TV presenter. 44, and Anne-Marie, also 44, are said to have gained approval from the council to install a pool in their secluded garden and a victorian style changing room. 

The couple, who moved into the property in 2018, have been busy renovating their seven bedroom home.   

Granted: Ant McPartlin and his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett have gained permission to build a swimming pool at their £6million London home, it has been reported (pictured last month)

According to The Sun, Ant’s planning agent told the council in the reports: ‘The existing rear garden is a good size with a boundary fence around the sides of the property with mature trees on all sides adding to the privacy.

‘There is very little overlooking possible between ground floors of neighbouring properties.

‘The rear garden is very secluded and the proposed swimming pool and the garden room will not be visible from neighbouring houses.’ 

Splash! The TV presenter. 44, and Anne-Marie, also 44, are said to have gained approval from the council to install a pool in their secluded garden

Construction: The publication report the council approved the outdoor plans, two single-storey extensions and a garage conversion to a bathroom

Renovations: The couple, who moved into the property in 2018, have been busy renovating their seven bedroom home

The publication report the council approved the outdoor plans, two single-storey extensions and a garage conversion to a bathroom as the renovations were ‘designed to reflect the character and appearance of the original building’.

MailOnline has contacted Ant’s representatives for comment. 

In November, The Mail On Sunday revealed Ant tried to maintain anonymity in a planning application for his £6 million mansion by using the name ‘Logan Mountstuart’.  

Logan Mountstuart is the fictitious British writer whose story is told in the 2002 novel Any Human Heart by William Boyd. 

On the sofa: Ant presented Saturday Night Takeaway from his living room last week 

Logan struggles with alcohol, depression and the split-up with his wife – events echoed in Ant’s recent past. In June 2017, he checked into rehab after confessing to problems with substance abuse, prescription drugs and alcohol following operations on his knee.

Nine months later he was fined £86,000 and given a 20-month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving. He had been more than twice the alcohol limit when he caused a three-car collision in Richmond, South-West London, while driving with his mother, Christine Woodhall.

Just three months earlier he announced he was splitting with his wife Lisa Armstrong after 11 years of marriage.

Ant submitted an application to the council last March as he continued to renovate the seven-bedroom house he is moving into with Anne-Marie and her two daughters.

He wanted to put up a canopy in his garden large enough to put a car in, and named the applicant as Logan Mountstuart.  

Earlier this year, Saturday Night Takeaway host Ant was reported to have handed over £31 million to Lisa in their divorce settlement, including their £5 million home in West London, after an ‘eight-hour negotiation’.

The beauty expert was said to have been the ‘peacemaker’ during a recent eight-hour long discussion about her divorce from the TV star, claimed The Sun. 

The publication first alleged the TV veteran offered up more than half of his estimated £50m fortune, but was ‘delighted’ that the case has come to an end as he can ‘move on’, two years after announcing their split.

However, as the news broke, the former Deuce musician took to Twitter to deny the reports, posting: ‘Nope a load of nonsense AGAIN….’ 

Over: The presenter has reportedly filed paperwork to cease trading, amid claims he handed over £31 million to wife Lisa during their divorce settlement

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