Antiques Roadshow guest thrilled when jug she paid £10 for is worth hundreds

An Antiques Roadshow guest was told she'd bought a hidden gem at a fraction of its true value when she visited the show at Newby Hall in North Yorkshire.

In the episode of the BBC One show from Sunday (April 18) antique expert Lars Tharp examined a jug with a unique blacksmith-themed motif.

The guest explained she'd bought it for £10 and was attracted by the design.

She said: "I bought it quite a long time ago because I’ve been involved in horses all my life and I was intrigued by the decoration on it."

"I have shod a horse in the dim and distant past under extreme supervision," she continued.

The design features a large burner and a table of coals, as well as a striking hammer, an anvil, and the bellows.

"And that to me suggests undoubtedly this piece was made for a blacksmith," said Lars.

The expert then asked the guest to estimate the date the jug was created and she said 1700, leaving him flabbergasted.

He swiftly corrected her and said: "It’s about 1800 more likely to be 1790 than 1800."

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Lars said: "The glaze itself is a lead glaze – blueish in tone because it’s got a little bit of iron in it and it has a generic name pearl wear pearly blue.

"I think this is Staffordshire so it’s not moved very far from its home."

Examining the damage, he added: "Unfortunately working with a blacksmith can be dangerous.

"This jug has seen its fair share of violence, you’ve got a break to the spout but that’s about all I can’t see any other the damage there.

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"I think it’s a lovely thing, so value what did you pay for it?"

"A tenner," she replied, and joked: "Living dangerously."

Lars then gave a bombshell valuation and said: "If you wanted to buy another one today I think you’d have to pay between £100 to £200."

The guest looked absolutely thrilled that the jug was worth up to 20 times more than she paid for it and said: "Thank you very much I’m really pleased to find out about it."

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