On Sunday’s instalment of the Antiques Roadshow, as the expert got a closer look at an unusual 48-blade penknife, he soon realised there was more to the penknife than meets the eye
An Antiques Roadshow expert was left amazed on Sunday night’s instalment of the BBC One show after an unknowing guest brought a 48-blade penknife to be valued at Windermere Jetty museum.
The intrigued guest explained the background of his family heirloom, telling the antiques expert that his dear dad had owned the incredibly rare penknife, and had passed it down to his son.
As the antiques guru got a closer look at the item, he soon realised there was more to the penknife than meets the eye.
“It’s an exhibition piece,” he explained as the owner looked on in amazement.
“It was primarily made just to show how good the particular manufacturing company was because obviously – this is a 48-blade multi-tool.
“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,’ the expert told.
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The Antiques expert told the owner that the penknife was originally made in Sheffield – meaning that it’s value would be higher than previously predicted.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.
“Now that we know it’s not really meant to be used and it’s more of a display item,” the expert told before asking the owner how he felt about that revelation.
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.”
Antiques Roadshow continues next Sunday at 8PM on BBC One.