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

One of the most ex­cit­ing finds, four Paul Storr salt cel­lars, only just made it onto the show. The owner turned up at Sal­is­bury Cathe­dral in 1990 with one of the salts in a brown pa­per bag, think­ing it was made of brass.

When ex­pert Penny Brit­tain, then work­ing on the Road­show’s re­cep­tion, saw the mark of sil­ver­smith Paul Storr, she begged him to go home and get the oth­ers, with­out re­veal­ing much. He re­turned just as film­ing was end­ing with all four, to ex­pert Brand Inglis. ‘They were made by one of our great­est sil­ver­smiths,’ he said of the salts, mod­elled as shells and dated 1811 and 1813.

The owner’s par­ents, who were in ser­vice, were given the sil­ver gilt set as a re­tire­ment present. His fa­ther passed them on to him, and they lived in a plas­tic bag in a cup­board. ‘If my daugh­ter-in-law hadn’t told me the Road­show was in Sal­is­bury, they’d still be sit­ting in there,’ he said. ‘If any­thing hap­pened to my wife and I, the chil­dren would have had no idea of their value. They would prob­a­bly have gone in a job lot house clear­ance.’

VAL­UED AT: £40,000.

CUR­RENTLY: Later sold at auc­tion for £66,000 to the Sal­ters’ Com­pany and are now in Sal­ters’ Hall, Lon­don.

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