Antiques Roadshow experts £3k valuation of penknife has guest shook to ground

A man who appeared on Antiques Roadshow was shocked at the value of a 48-blade penknife given to him by his dad.

His parent had left him the piece as an heirloom and he took it onto the show to be valued by an expert.

“It’s an exhibition piece,” the expert explained on Sunday night’s (September 19) repeated episode of the BBC One show.

This meant that although the piece is functional, the primary reason for its creation was to exhibit the manufacturing prowess of the company who created it.

“Now, I say blades because of course, there is a massive variety of different tools on this. There’s everything from scissors, to bone saws – I mean the sky is the limit with this really,” he continued.

He went on: “While this item has 48-blades, they actually made them with up to 100-blades at a time.

“And sometimes even 200-blades. Now I studied it very carefully and I have found a makers mark on it.”

The expert told the owner that the penknife was originally made in Sheffield – meaning that it’s value would be higher than previously predicted.

The unique penknife dated from the late 19th century, and its true value was rather staggering.

Beaming from ear-to-ear, the Antiques Roadshow guest said that was simply "amazed" at the "actual manufacturing’"of the item he has held for so many years.

Finally, the expert revealed the true value of the ‘wondrous’ item – much to the delight of the unknowing owner.

The expert shared: “I know it’s very personal to you, and I know it was your father’s, but the market for these is very, very, strong.

“If this item were to go into auction, I can see this easily making £3000.”

The staggering price left the owner gobsmacked, as he enthused that he was "shocked to the ground" after learning his dad’s penknife’s true value.

“Oh gracious me,” the guest whispered under his breath.

“That’s amazing. That’s absolutely shocked me. That’s shocked me to the ground.”

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