QUEEN Camilla gasped ‘I can’t believe it!’ as she made Antiques Roadshow history with a first-of-its-kind item.
The Royal appeared on Sunday’s episode, which as filmed at the Eden Project.
Queen Camilla gasped ‘I can’t believe it!’ as she made Antiques Roadshow history with a first-of-its-kind itemThe Royal appeared on the show when it filmed an episode at the Eden Project
In one of her last appearances as the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla brought along a silver snuff box.
She told Antiques Roadshow expert Duncan Campbell: “I wanted to bring along something that was associated with Cornwall.
“And of course, it doesn’t exist now but in those days there was a silver mine here.”
Duncan said: “It’s an absolute treasure, there is an inscription inside which tells us all about it.
“The inside’s beautifully gilded, like the day it was made.
“The man who made it is a man called John Northam, who has various boxes that were made for Prince Regent back in 1800 to 1820.
“He was a hugely skilful craftsman and an extraordinary man. And this is just a treasure.”
He then delighted Camilla by revealing: “In all my years in silver, it’s the first bit of silver I’ve ever seen that’s made out of English silver.”
She replied with shock: “Is it? I can’t believe that.”
Duncan said: “It’s absolutely true, I’m so thrilled to see it.”
Camilla then pointed out: “I suppose we’re not known for our silver, are we? It’s got a nice sort of heavy feel about it. hasn’t it?”
Duncan continued: “It’s lovely, in every way it’s lovely. The front piece is really difficult to make, but John Northam was a very skilful fella.
“And I am just thrilled to see it – I’m so grateful for you sharing it.”
Camilla said: “Well, I’m so delighted that I’ve actually brought something that you’ve never seen before.”
Camilla brought in a snuff box made of English silverExpert Duncan said it was the first piece made of English silver he had seen on the show
Antiques Roadshow airs on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.