Fiona Bruce, host

TV Times - - Special - An­tiques Road­show SUN­DAY / BBC1 / 8.00Pm David Hollingsworth

LIFE­STYLE

Ev­ery col­lec­tor has to start some­where with what­ever ob­ject of de­sire cap­tures their imag­i­na­tion. Here, we ask the An­tiques Road­show team, who this week visit his­toric Bad­des­ley Clin­ton manor house in the West Mid­lands, to tell us all about the first-ever an­tique they owned and why it made them fall in love with col­lect­ing…

In the par­lour was a side­board con­tain­ing a wooden box. I thought it was mag­i­cal be­cause it con­tained my father’s medals from World War Two, his air gun­ner’s brevet, his sergeant’s col­lect Vic­to­rian sam­plers. They were of­ten em­broi­dered in work­houses, mostly by girls, some­times as young as six, to teach them use­ful skills should they go into ser­vice.

It’s des­per­ately sad to imag­ine the lives of such lit­tle chil­dren in these mis­er­able places por­ing over their em­broi­dery – but the work they pro­duced is so exquisitely crafted, they de­serve to be loved.

I found my first one at an an­tiques auc­tion, and al­though sam­plers of this era aren’t usu­ally of great value, I did dis­cover this one is worth sev­eral times what I paid for it. It’s made of silk and shows a map of Great Bri­tain in the early

1800s with tiny, del­i­cate stitches.

I’ve put it be­hind pro­tec­tive glass and hung it in a shaded part of the house. Ev­ery time I walk past, it gives me joy.

Istripes and his white air crew flash worn on his hat whilst train­ing to be­come a wire­less op­er­a­tor air gun­ner in 1941 with the RAF.

One day in 1969, my Grandma said: ‘You re­ally like these, don’t you? If you prom­ise to look af­ter them, you can take them home.’

I was, and still am, hooked!

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