Antiques Roadshow guest refuses to sell ‘priceless’ silver cup after valuation

Antiques Roadshow: Woman doesn’t want to sell ‘priceless’ cup

One Antiques Roadshow participant refused to sell her “priceless” trophy after getting it valued on the show.

On a classic episode of the long-running BBC staple – filmed in the National Trust-managed Powis Castle and Garden in Wales – antique silver specialist Duncan Campbell was presented with a stunning Rose Bowl cup.

After being asked how her ancestor came by the cup, the guest clarified that it was a silver trophy won by her grandfather, Donald Munn, for swimming part of the River Wye three times.

She also revealed that the trophy was awarded as part of the Swimming Championships of Herefordshire.

Despite claiming to have done some “research”, the woman was unsure how much distance her grandfather had to have covered to win the award.

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“But it must have been difficult because my mother was very, very proud of what he’d achieved” she explained.

Due to his trifecta of wins in 1905, 1906, and 1908, the woman’s grandfather was allowed to keep the award – meaning no further names were etched into the trophy.

The guest also proudly displayed pictures of her grandfather Donald holding the cup, to which Duncan said he was “envious”.

“Looking at that photograph I’m so envious of your grandfather. There is nothing I’d like to do more than dive in,” he revealed.

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Explaining the history of the cup, Duncan said: “This Bowl was made in London in 1899 and the earliest prize inscription we’ve got on it is 1902.

“And then your grandfather D. H. Munn has won the Bowl in 1905 and 1906 and then in 1907 some other swimmer came along and robbed him of it. But in 1908 he’s back in the water and winning again.”

The experienced valuer then went on to make his final move: “Well your priceless Rose Bowl, which is solid silver is worth about sort of £350.”

However, recognising that this was an important family heirloom, the star questioned: “It’s never going to be sold, is it?”

The cup’s owner acknowledged that she would not be parting ways with the cup, and told him: “No the story will go on.”

Duncan agreed with the decision and said: “The story is worth vastly more than that.”

Antiques Roadshow episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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