Rare whiskey showcase among treasures brought to Brodie Castle for Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow returned to the stunning Brodie Castle, where a rare case believed to have displayed a bottle of whiskey worth £1million was appraised.
On Sunday evening, viewers of the long-running show got their first glimpse of the treasures dumped by its experts for the first time.
Introducing the setting, presenter Fiona Bruce said: “We are in the beautiful county of Moray, and it is a place close to my heart as my Scottish ancestors, the Bruces, lived in this area for a long time.”
Pictures, teapots and lamps were among the family treasures and heirlooms brought in for appraisal, along with other rare and unusual pieces.
‘Fabled’ Whiskey Display Case
An object that looked like a brass lantern was shown to Marc Allum, but it turned out to be a display case for a bottle of whiskey – the 1926 Macallan bottle.
There were only 40 bottles of the “fabulous” whisky, and 24 cases – 12 of which were designed by Valerio Adami and 12 by Sir Peter Blake.
The brass case once held a bottle of Macallan whiskey worth £1 million, and the world record for a bottle of Macallan stands at $1.9 million.
The owner bought it at an online auction for around £200 after seeing the 1926 badge and realizing the significance of the display case.
Mr. Allum thinks that if the bottle were joined to the case, it would make the bottle more valuable.
He valued the case at around £10,000, however the couple believe the original bottle was probably drunk.
Mr Allum concluded: “It’s a really interesting article and it’s a local thing that whiskey lovers are very interested in.”
“Spectacular” book of Sri Lankan watercolors
A large book entitled Drawings by the De Alwis Family Ceylon was presented to Matthew Haley.
It is filled with stunning watercolors of flowers, plants and insects from Sri Lanka – known as Ceylon in the 1800s.
The De Alwis family, who painted the images, were prominent in Sri Lanka at the time.
It was given to the lady’s aunt as a drawing book, and it now contains some drawings of her, like a steamboat, but she did not draw over the watercolors.
The book was previously valued at around £5,000 but now Mr Haley expects it to be worth £10,000.
He said: ‘It’s not exactly the sort of thing you should be letting younger family members in.
“It’s spectacular, what a wonderful thing to see.”
World War I aircraft propellers
Two propellers, a photograph of a man in his RAF uniform and a selection of medals were presented to Mark Smith.
The items belonged to John Edward Tennant of Innes and have now been passed down to his great-grandson.
One propeller was taken from his BE2 plane which he flew from 1914 to 1918 during World War I, and the second from his plane which crashed at Tomintoul where he died.
The accident is still on site and in 1996 the family was allowed to erect a cairn in memory of the eight people who died and took the propeller blade.
Mr Smith valued items in the region of £8-£10,000.
He said, “They are really, really nice. It’s amazing to see the two propellers, but it’s really very sad.
Belgium painting in Scotland
Grant Ford said he expected to see Scottish art at Brodie Castle, so he was surprised to be presented with a painting by Belgian artist Lyon de Smet.
The painting of burnt orange blossoms had been given to the woman’s uncle by a patient when he was working in Suffolk.
The lady had always liked the painting and had received it when she moved, but she had no idea of its meaning.
Mr Ford valued it at £8-12,000 due to its excellent condition, which shocked the owner.
She said: “It’s amazing, I’m going to keep it, I love it – but I didn’t know it was anything like that.”
Antiques Roadshow: Brodie Castle & Estate, Morayshire can be watched on BBC iPlayer.
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