Brooch featured on Antiques Roadshow sold for £31,000

Auctioneer Mark Gilding speaks about the discovery of the brooch

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A brooch which was planned to be sold at a local market for £10 has fetched £31,000 at a Leicestershire auction.

Jill Cousins, from Market Harborough, saw a picture of the brooch she owned featured on the Antiques Roadshow.

Jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn was showing sketches of what he called his "most wanted" items.

He estimated the brooch, by the Victorian designer and architect William Burges, to be worth about £10,000.

Mrs Cousins was invited to appear on the BBC One television show in Birmingham after she took the brooch to the auctioneers Gildings.

There she was told that if she had sold the Victorian piece cheaply at the market as planned she would almost certainly have lost out on thousands of pounds.

'Extremely exciting'

A spokesman for Gildings said the silver brooch was probably made by Burges for the wedding of his close friend John Pollard Seddon and his wife-to-be Margaret.

The brooch is engraved with the initials "J.P.M.S." and has four turquoise forget-me-nots with a central red cabochon garnet heart.

Mark Gilding said: "It was all extremely exciting and Geoffrey Munn was overwhelmed to see something for which he had been looking for so long.

"The brooch had been inherited by Mrs Cousins' mother from her old primary school teacher 20 years before she gave it to her daughter. Neither of them liked it very much at that time.

"William Burges is such a highly regarded designer and architect, anything by him creates tremendous interest and items of jewellery are extremely rare."

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