Antiques Roadshow - What they brought ...

Local Andrew Clay and his daughters Mimi and Rosa being filmed for the show. Picture Richard Ponter.121832e.
Local Andrew Clay and his daughters Mimi and Rosa being filmed for the show. Picture Richard Ponter.121832e.

HUNDREDS of people queued for hours to have their possessions valued by the Antiques Roadshow experts.

We went on the hunt to find what has been hiding in Scarborough’s attics.

Janet Osborne, 64, of Cloughton, brought with her an old doll which had been passed on to her daughter by an elderly neighbour of her parents; ‘Aunty’ Pattie.

Mrs Osborne said: “We lived near Aunty Pattie since me and my sister were about 10. When she died she said in her will she wanted to leave her first ever doll to my daughter Rebecca.

“The doll is still in her box, and Rebecca didn’t play with it, though she loved to look at it.

“When I heard the Antiques Roadshow was coming to Scarborough I thought I’d bring it down for them to look at.”

The doll was inspected by toy expert Hilary Kay, who dated it back to c1910. She said it was a German doll and valued it at £60 to £80.

The show’s experts were keenly impressed by a collection of etchings by Eli Marsden Wilson, brought in by Woodend Creative Workspace director Andrew Clay and his daughters Mimi, 10, and Rosa, six.

The local trio were put in front of the television cameras to explain the story behind their tiny pieces of art.

Mr Clay said: “Eli Marsden Wilson was my grandfather’s uncle. He was an artist and was commissioned to do a miniature etching for Queen Mary’s dolls’ house in 1922.

“The etchings he did were passed down in the family, as well as a letter from Princess Marie Louise commissioning the work.”

Waiting to meet the valuers was Nigel Howard, 67, of Burniston, who brought along a carriage clock.

He said: “I don’t know much about it but I would think it was fairly old, I have had it about 40 years.

“I bought it at an auction, and thought I’d bring it down today and see if it was worth anything.”

Also attracting valuers’ interest was a collection of old local railway station signs brought in by Stuart Pitchforth of Filey and Ian Harper of Scarborough.

Mr Pitchforth, who is a member of the Scarborough Railway Society, said: “I have been collecting them for about 40 years.

“The experts were really delighted with them. They were very impressed that we had such a large collection from this area, and said they liked to see local pieces.”