AN Antiques Roadshow expert issued a stern warning to a seller after missing a HUGE payment.
In an episode of the BBC series filmed in Stonor Park in Oxfordshire, a guest brought a toolbox from the 1800s.
Expert Hilary Kay said: “This is not a professional – I would have said it was a good hobbyist toolkit, used by a hobby carpenter.”
She then asked if it was the lady’s ink with the kit and she replied, “No, my grandfather inherited this tool kit from Florence Nightingale, who was her great aunt.”
The lady had also brought a photograph and pointed to her grandfather and the famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.
Hilary then reviewed Florence’s life, from her birth in Florence, Italy, before traveling to Germany to study nursing.
Then, when the Crimean War broke out in 1853, Florence assembled a group of nurses and went to help the stricken soldiers.
Hilary said: “So we know that Florence went to Crimea in 1854. Does that correspond to that date? The answer is yes.”
She explained how the company that made the toolbox was extremely popular in the 1850s, and for that reason alone, it would have some value.
But Hilary warned the guest the value could rise from hundreds to thousands if she could find a paper trail to link it to Florence Nightingale.
She said: “The family bond is good and the date is right. As it is, it’s going to be worth around £ 200.
“If we can do a paper trail of Florence Nightingale, then we’ll be talking about £ 5,000, £ 6,000 or £ 7,000 – who knows?”
The lady’s eyes widened slightly, as Hilary added, “It would be a major discovery – if you could find this piece of paper. So I encourage you to browse through these family records.”
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.