Eastbourne’s valuables

BBC Antiques Roadshow recording at Eastbourne Bandstand May 23rd 2013 E21110P
BBC Antiques Roadshow recording at Eastbourne Bandstand May 23rd 2013 E21110P

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow featured the second part of its visit to Eastbourne Bandstand at the weekend with a collection of lead soldiers and one of the earliest digital watches featured on the programme.

Fiona Bruce and the experts welcomed thousands of visitors to the seafront location in May with the results being shown on the small screen on Sunday night.

Objects brought before the cameras included a collection of a thousand lead soldiers brought to the event by retired Colonel Oiver Keith, whose family are filming him with his belongings after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Mr Keith told expert Graham Lay the collection belonged to his grandfather in the 1870s who detailed the wargames he played with them in a book.

Together with photographs of Mr Keith’s grandfather, Mr Lay said he estimated the artefacts were worth up to £5,000.

Eastbourne resident Julie Bennett was also featured on the programme with her framed poster by Allison of Downland Rambles at Beachy Head.

Julie told expert Judith Miller the poster had belonged to her parents and she had it restored and framed before finding out it is now worth around £800.

The biggest surprise of the day came with a collection of art deco jewellery examined by expert Joanna Hardy. A ruby ring, diamond ring and a Boucheron brooch with a plaque of jade mounted on sapphires and diamonds, all classic examples of Parisian glamour, were valued at £60,000.

Another piece of jewellery, a brooch of rubies and diamonds was valued at up to £9,000.

One of the first digital watches, a Sinclair from 1969, was shown to experts by a man who bought it for £3 when he was earning £7 a week. The watch would now be worth £250 to a collector.

An Australian bronze inspired by American born actress and dancer Josephine Baker, who took Paris by storm in the 1920s and 1930s, was also featured after being brought to the Bandstand by a former florist who was given it by a customer and valued at up to £3,000.

Expert David Battie was enthralled with a collection of small boxes made more than 300 years ago which the Japanese wore and contained medicine, herbs and tobacco.

The collection, which had been inherited by a woman, were valued at between £10,000 and £15,000.

Two other unusual finds were a miniature carriage clock with the original key valued at up to £4,000 and a very rare Clarice Cliff vase, which had been in the same family for a number of years and despite having a small hairline crack, was worth between £5,000 and £7,000

The roadshow crew had hoped to come across paintings by Eastbourne artist Eric Ravillious but were just as pleased to discover two pieces by woodblock by artist Eric Slater from Seaford who studied at Hastings.