Antiques Roadshow guest staggered at huge value of dirty shield – but won’t sell

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An Antiques Roadshow guest was left flabbergasted when her grandad's dirty old replica shield was valued at £10,000 – but she still refused to sell it.

In the episode of the BBC show on Sunday, February 14, a young woman brought the unusual item to be valued at Bodnant Gardens, north Wales.

The shield depicts scenes from John Milton's 1667 epic poem Paradise Lost about the fall of Satan from heaven and it had expert Duncan Campbell quite excited.

She told him: "So I’ve brought a shield, the original is in the V&A museum in London, and it depicts Milton’s Paradise Lost.

"So my grandad moved abroad about 10 years ago and the last time that he was back in the UK, he passed it onto me.

"So he wants to keep it in the family.

"I think he had it for about 40 years and he’d got it perhaps from a friend."

The woman said she knew it was just a copy but was determined to keep it as an "heirloom" no matter how much it was worth.

Examining the beautiful replica of the shield in the museum, Duncan said: "This is a copy of that original.

"They were made to give everybody a chance at looking at this wonderful thing.

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“These are such good copies, it’s literally identical to the original.

"There's a little trick on the back, where they had to be marked with a badge to show that it wasn’t the original. There are hundreds of these."

Duncan added: "The original version was commissioned by a firm called Elkington & Co in 1866.

"In fact, it’s signed at the bottom here by both Elkington and the man that made it, whose name was Morel-Ladeuil."

He said the sculptor was "extraordinary" and worked from a studio in Paris.

Duncan then revealed the bombshell news that the shield was worth an estimated £10,000.

He said the antique "could do with a clean" but was otherwise in good condition and therefore worth a great deal.

Duncan told her: "If you put that into an auction – I’m not suggesting you do because Grandpa would not be pleased – you’d walk away with about £10,000."

This comes after an Antiques Roadshow guest was left pleasantly surprised at the eye-popping value of her engagement ring.

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