Antiques Roadshow guest discovers glass bottle Xmas present is worth thousands

An Antiques Roadshow expert was overwhelmed when she was given an exquisite gold scent bottle for valuation.

Judith Miller was on hand to deliver her expertise to a mum and daughter who brought a dainty glass flask encrusted with gold to a recent episode of the BBC show.

The guest explained to the expert that she was given the bottle as a Christmas gift by her parents who purchased it from a shop in London about 50 years ago.

The mum added: "He couldn't really remember but he thought it was about £600, which of course, it was a lot of money 50 years ago."

Coming with a shagreen case, the 18th century bottle was decorated in a naval theme.

Judith said: "We've got a glass scent bottle, beautifully facet cut, and then laid with gold, and then this beautiful little cameo.

"Now what I love about this is that it's got a naval theme. So you could imagine it being given to an officer's wife. Beautiful present in its time."

Despite missing the stamps on the mystery bottle, the expert believed it could be made by a famous decorator.

She gave more details and explained: "What's really exciting about that is that there was a famous engraver and porcelain decorator called James Giles, who was absolutely top of the tree.

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"He was the most exquisite craftsman and I think this is all the telltale sign of being by him.

"So because it is exquisite as it is, I would say, £2,000 to £3,000. If we could prove it was by James Giles, then it is doubled that and a bit more."

The daughter was overjoyed and thanked her mum for giving her a "good present".

Her mum added: "I'm so pleased, so pleased that my daughter is going to enjoy it."

Meanwhile, jewellery expert Susan Rumfitt was moved to tears when a guest shared a heartbreaking love story behind a gorgeous diamond and sapphire ring.

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