PINNING HIS HOPES...
When the Roadshow visited Dartmouth in 2010, expert Geoffrey Munn revealed top of his wish list was jewellery designed by the great Victorian architect William Burges. He explained that there were nine brooch designs by Burges housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum, but no brooch had ever been found that matched them. A viewer contacted the BBC to say she had a brooch that seemed to match one of the drawings. She was thinking of selling it, as it had been stuck in the bottom of a jewellery box for 20 years. Geoffrey was very excited, and couldn’t believe his dream had come true. ‘It’s definitely by Burges, and it hasn’t been seen for over a hundred years,’ he said.
VALUED AT: £10,000.
CURRENTLY: It was sold at auction for £31,000. A year later an identical brooch appeared, was bought by the Victoria & Albert Museum and was reunited with Burges’ designs. The two brooches may have been made as presents for two bridesmaids.