ANTIQUES Roadshow expert Jon Baddeley was left shellshocked after a guest presented a never-before-seen D-day item.
Antiques Roadshow expert Jon Baddeley was left shellshocked during a recent episode
The antique expert was visibly impressed by a war-time announcement that had been brought in for assessment
The item contained four pages of handwritten script and was said to be “an amazing archive find” by the collector.
The guest revealed to viewers at home how he came into possession of such “confidential” documents.
Upon closer inspection, Jon told onlookers who the signed author was behind the D-Day memorabilia.
He explained: “Here we have a letter from the Chief BBC announcer, the famous John Snagge who was on the radio on a daily basis, just pre-during the war.”
The visitor replied: “This letter is from John Snagge, enclosing quite an important script that he had read on the morning of 6th of June, 1944.”
To which both replied simultaneously: “D-day.”
Each page had been placed in order and was bordered by a golden narrow frame, the script was handwritten to which the specialist said was “strange”.
The guest jokingly added: “And real men didn’t type in those days,” to which the expert chuckled.
After the letter’s inspection, specialist Jon remarked: “My goodness, what’s it worth?”
The TV auctioneer added: “It’s unique, one has never been sold before. I’m sort of thinking about a figure of maybe, certainly, a couple of thousand pounds.”
The guest was not keen to depart with the memorabilia after he said: “Fine. Well, I’m not selling it anytime soon.”
Seemingly unsurprised, Jon replied: “I’m glad to hear it.”
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC Two.
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC Two