AN ANTIQUES Road Trip presenter was gutted to discover a Humpty Dumpty pot was broken – but she got the last laugh.
A recent episode of the BBC show saw experts Izzie Balmer and David Harper in Fife, Perthshire, travelling around to find hidden gems.
Antiques Road Trip expert Izzie Balmer was gutted to find an item was broken
Izzie loved the Humpty Dumpty blue tobacco pot but it had been damaged before
In one shop, Izzie found a blue tobacco pot in a glass cabinet and got incredibly excited.
However, she soon noticed something was amiss, telling viewers: “I was really excited when I saw this, and now, I’m really disappointed.
“So this is probably a tobacco jar, although you could use it as a tea caddy or a biscuit barrel.
“We’ve got this Humpty Dumpty type figure on the top, smoking a pipe and holding a mug there, and then it’s got this lovely silver rim.
“So it’s London, 1920, and we have here the Royal Doulton stamp. Now, the reason I was excited is firstly (because I) absolutely flipping love that colour, isn’t it stunning?
“But mostly because, actually, I haven’t ever seen a Doulton tobacco jar quite like this, now the disappointment comes because immediately I can see Humpty Dumpty has been off the top of this.”
She continued: “It’s obviously been dropped and smashed, and it’s just such a shame because it was probably in pristine condition, quite a good rare item.
“It’s priced at £145, now everything is telling me that that is too much money for this being a broken item.
“But there’s just something about it, and I’m hoping that someone else thinks the same too.”
The expert managed to get the owner down to £90, and later in the episode, the pot went to auction.
The auctioneer started things off at £45 and there was an immediate flurry of bids, taking it up to £90 and beyond.
Izzie was thrilled while David was astounded as the price kept going up until the bidding ended at a whopping £240.
David clapped Izzie’s success while she told him: “I’m really pleased, thank you, I quite like being in your position, these profits are quite a nice feeling.”
Izzie needed the cash boost, as at the start of the day, David had £438.98 and made a small profit ending him on £446.14.
However, Izzie had started with £283.26, but thanks to the success of the tobacco pot, she closed in on David with £433.82.
Izzie’s fellow expert David was shocked as the item went up and up at the auction
Izzie was thrilled to see the item sell for £240
Antiques Road Trip is available on BBC iPlayer.