Antiques Roadshow expert ecstatic over museum-featured WWII teapot with ‘no great value’

Antiques Roadshow expert ecstatic over museum-featured WWII teapot with ‘no great value’

Antiques Roadshow collected another round of objects for the professionals to assess this week.

One of the pieces brought to the attention of the professionals was a teapot dated from 1939 – the start of World War II.

Antique expert Lars Tharp instantly began looking at the teapot in question with great interest, and began telling the audience exactly why it was so important.

Pointing to the teapots inscription along its body, Lars explained: “We’ve got everything we need to know written on this teapot.

“‘War against hitlerism. His souvenir teapot was made by Dyson and Horsfall of Preston to replace aluminium stock taken over for the allied armaments in 1939.’”

He explained that during WWII Britain closed its stocks of aluminium and iron from the general public.

So this teapot, Lars went on, was a commemorative object for people who were aiding the war.

He said: “It’s a wonderful little time capsule of the spirit of the country at that time.”

However he did go on to say, although the teapot isn’t worth a lot of money, it certainly holds some worth.

Lars went on: “Crown Ducal mass production factory… it wouldn’t have much great value. But it is interesting: Some of the major museums in this country have at least one example of this.

“And that tells us that it’s what an object is about that is more interesting than its value.”

Meanwhile presenter Mark Smith also looked at some WWII items – medals.

Whilst looking at the objects he explained: “You have brought along something from your own collection. But, it has a certain mystique, because Sir Angus Wilson lived in that dark world of World War II.

“He actually has some very humble medals from WWII and some rather other specular things.

“But he is one of those people who served this country so well as a member of the team, with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park.”

He later went on to explain the medals in more details.

Mark said: “So this really is one of those sets of medals to someone who is totally unknown throughout the whole of World War II.

“And we reward him with the 1939/45 defence and war medal and that’s it really.

“He then goes onto become Sir, you have his Knight Bachelor badge, which is a lovely thing and a CBE.

Antiques Roadshow returns to BBC One this Sunday at 8pm.

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