Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - ANTIQUES ROADSHOW / GOLDEN MOMENTS -

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.

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