Over the years Wiltshire has had more than it's share of Antiques Roadshow coups….
There was the Salisbury man who, having dug around in the bottom of his wardrobe, brought in a pair of what he thought were brass salt cellars. A retirement gift to his parents, who had both been in service, they turned out not only to be Regency silver but by Paul Storr and worth £66,000 at auction.
Than there was the lady at Dryham Park who's Parrot Mustard pot, bought as a birthday present 25 years before for £170, was confirmed as being by the renowned Alexander Crichton and worth £10,000.
And, of course, there were the pair of cufflinks and a brooch brought in by the great-grandchild of Edward VII and Queen Victoria’s chef. All were thought to be Faberge and worth a total of £25,000.
So, it's not surprising, that on Thursday May 25th, the world class antique experts are again travelling to Wiltshire to give free appraisals of your 'stuff' for BBC1's Antiques Roadshow.
This time round it's Lacock Abbey that will be opening up its doors, from 9:30 am through to 4:30pm, for anyone wanting an expert eye cast over their family heirlooms, car boot finds or attic discoveries.
And providing the expert eyes will be some of Britain's leading antiques and fine arts specialists. Not only will they be offering up free advice but more importantly valuations to visitors as well.
Also on hand, will be Michael Aspel who has travelled with and presented the Roadshow for the past six years:
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"The Antiques Roadshow is literally a national treasure. It's a detective story, a game show and a history lesson."
For series editor, Simon Shaw, the show is also a bit of a treasure hunt:
"It's always exciting to see what will come to light on the day. We regularly see between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors on the day. Despite the high turnout everyone will get to see an expert."
And if your heirloom/treasure/find is a little cumbersome, and a tad large for your Citroen 2CV, than it may be possible to arrange for the item to be looked at in advance and transport organised to Lacock. It is particularly those people with LARGE items ie that they can't carry - who are asked to contact the Antiques roadshow team and there is still time left!
If that's you than send in details and photographs of your objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: email@example.com.
Click on the link below to find out more about the Antiques Roadshow valuation days and how you can take part.
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Or for more information on the Antiques Roadshow taking place at Lacock Abbey on Thursday May 25th, click on the link in the right hand column.