Guest at Antiques Roadshow “shocked” by the true value of Dad’s 48-blade pocketknife
At Sunday’s edition of the Antiques Roadshow, as the expert took a closer look at an unusual 48-blade pocketknife, he soon realized that there was more to the pocketknife than meets the eye. .
An Antiques Roadshow expert was stunned on Sunday night’s episode of the BBC One show after an unconscious guest brought a 48-blade pocketknife to the Windermere Jetty museum for assessment.
The intrigued guest explained the history of his family heritage, telling the antiques expert that his dear father owned the incredibly rare pocketknife and passed it on to his son.
As the antiques guru took a closer look at the object, he soon realized there was more to the pocketknife than it looked.
“It’s an exhibit,” he explained as the owner stared at him in amazement.
“It was primarily designed to show how good the manufacturing company in question was, because it is obviously a 48-blade multi-tool.
“Now I say blades because of course there are a wide variety of different tools out there. It’s everything from scissors to bone saws – I mean the sky’s the limit with that really, ”the expert said.
He continued, “Although this item has 48 blades, they actually made them with up to 100 blades at a time.
“And sometimes even 200 blades. Now I have studied it very carefully and found a maker’s mark on it.
The antiques expert told the owner that the pocketknife was originally made in Sheffield, meaning it would be worth more than expected.
The unique pocketknife dated from the late 19th century, and its true value was rather astounding.
“Now that we know it’s not really meant to be used and is more of an exhibit,” the expert said before asking the owner what he thought of this revelation.
Beaming from ear to ear, the Antiques Roadshow guest said he was simply “amazed” by the “actual fabrication” of the item he has held for so many years.
Finally, the expert revealed the true value of the “wonderful” object – much to the delight of the unconscious owner.
The expert shared, “I know it’s very personal for you, and I know it was your father’s, but the market for these is very, very, strong.
“If this item were to go up for auction I can see it easily fetching £ 3000.”
The exorbitant price left the owner stunned, as he was excited to have been “shocked to the ground” after learning the true value of his father’s pocketknife.
“Oh, gracious me,” the guest whispered under his breath.
” It’s incredible. It absolutely shocked me. It shocked me on the ground.
Antiques Roadshow continues next Sunday at 8 p.m. on BBC One.