Antiques Roadshow was back on BBC One this weekend and it included a valuation of a wooden stick that a guest had originally bought for only £2.50.
Expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan was on hand to evaluate the price of one particularly old and unusual item.
A guest brought a wooden stick for Ronnie to take a look at and explained that he’s had the item in his possession since the early eighties.
When asked by Ronnie what he thought the stick was, the guest confessed that he thought it was a Witch Doctor’s voodoo stick.
The guest believed the stick looked similar to ones he had seen on TV but Ronnie revealed what the correct purpose of the piece was.
He said: “It’s got nothing to do with voodoo or Witch Doctors. This is probably used in a ceremony that’s celebrating happiness.”
“It’s from South Africa definitely I can tell that from the head ring. It’s a Zulu or Tsonga dance staff it was used for ceremonies like marriage, child birth coming of age, nothing to do with voodoo.
“On television they just change the context of these things but this is all about celebrating happiness.
“They had lots of ceremonies in South Africa and they loved celebrating and nearly all the ceremonies were celebrated with dancing.
“Somebody of some importance would have had this part of his dance ritual and they’re rare the damage lets it down, lets the value of it down but it just shows it’s character and it’s age.”
Despite the damage, Ronnie explained that with a little cleaning up the piece will show it’s “full glory.”
He also explained that the wear and tear the piece has only happens with age and revealed that he thinks the item is from the ninetieth century.
When asked where he got the stick, the guest told Ronnie that he had picked it up in a second hand shop in London for only £2.50.
Ronnie joked: “As much as that?” Before revealing that the piece is worth an impressive £1000.
Gobsmacked, the guest said: “I did not expect that,” and Ronnie remarked: “I love it, I look for these things all the time and I’ve never found one like this.”
Later on in the show, a woman was lost for words and almost choked after a huge valuation for her necklace was revealed.
Expert John Benjamin was excited to see the piece of exquisite jewellery and explained that her necklace was one of the sort of pieces he loved to see on the show.
The guest revealed that the piece had been left to her by her husband’s great aunt because she really enjoyed her banana sandwiches.
John then told her that the necklace was worth around £4,000 and the guest almost choked with shock.
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays on BBC One at 8pm.
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