WHAT A CRACKER

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

While clear­ing away hedge clip­pings in his Nor­folk gar­den the owner found this gold ring. ‘It was glint­ing in the sun. My wife thought it was from a Christ­mas cracker.’

At Nor­folk’s Houghton Hall in 2001, ex­pert Geoffrey Munn knew it was An­glo-Saxon, prob­a­bly eighth cen­tury, and made of plaited wires of pure gold. ‘Gold is in­cor­rupt­ible. It emerged into the sun­light as if it was made yes­ter­day. It will al­ways be one of my most mem­o­rable Road­show finds,’ he says.

VAL­UED AT: £10,000.

CUR­RENTLY: It could be worth dou­ble. Geoffrey adds, ‘This ring is an em­blem of our na­tional iden­tity.’

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