Antiques Roadshow guest mortified as she learns dark truth behind WW1 medal found on the beach

AN Antiques Roadshow guest was left mortified as she learnt the dark truth behind her WW1 medal she found on a beach.

Sunday's instalment of the BBC show aired from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.


Master Gunsmith Robert Tilney was interested to know where one woman had found her special badge.

The guest told him: "I was on holiday with my mum and dad in Aberdeen and I was playing on the beach and I dug it up."

Robert asked: "Any idea where it's from?"

She replied: "Germany?"

The expert explained that it is actually British and was used as a propaganda medal.

He explained: "In 1914 the German armies were sweeping down through Belgium, which was neural, into France, and their idea was to bring German culture to Europe.

"These were newspapers, British newspapers thought, 'we can show that German culture wasn't German culture'.

"It was terrible what they were doing in Europe.

"Also with he money raised, because they would sell these for a few pence to fund the Belgian refugees who were coming out of Belgium, having been driven out from the Germans."

Robert went on to tell the guest that it wouldn't be worth more than £40 to £50.

He added: "It's a really nice piece of early propaganda so well done to you for digging it up on Aberdeen beach."

It comes after another guest was left speechless as she learnt the surprising truth behind a small painting she spent "her last £100" on.

In the same episode, a woman gasped as it was revealed that the piece of artwork could bank up to £8,000 if she took it to auction.

Detailing how she got the chance to purchase the final painting, the guest explained: "I used to go to the graduation shows, and I got there pretty early but I was still too late, all the big paintings had gone.

"She was just the hit of the event and I remember thinking there's probably some unframed ones so looked around I got an unframed one."

She added: "I was an out-of-work actor at the time – I only had £100 in my bank account, but I spent it on her."

Valuating the pieces, art historian Charlotte Riordan settled on £6-800 for the Johnstone and £1-£1,500 for the Walton.

On the last painting she announced: "Now, I know that you spent the last of your money on this Alison Watt and hopefully, that has proved to be a good investment because a work this sort of size would probably sit around £2,000 to £4,000 – but I would expect it to go on and exceed that level, it could even make double on the day."

The owner gasped and uttered: "Wow."

She then added: "Well, that £100 did well, didn't it? That's marvellous.

"But it just shows you you should buy for love because you just don't know how it's going to pan out."

Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer

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