BBC Antiques Roadshow guest stunned as late grandmother's trophies valued at £15k

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An Antiques Roadshow guest was left gobsmacked when a collection of family memorabilia was given an astonishing valuation.

Antiques expert Siobhan Tyrrell was impressed by the women's sporting items that once belonged to the guest's relative, commenting that the victories showed the original owner was "ahead of her time," she remarked.

"We're at the water's edge of beautiful lake Windermere so it seems really appropriate that we've got a sailing interest collection here," the Mirror reports the expert observed, adding: "And this wonderful photograph, this lady called Mrs Affra Cross. Can you tell me who she is?"

The guest answered: "Affra was my grandmother. And yes, she was quite a sailor, she decided to join the man's world and start racing, which I think was very unusual."

"Definitely, and what period are we talking about? " the specialist on the BBC programme asked. To which the guest responded: "She bought her boat in 1935 and raced really until the war, and she was extremely successful at what she did."

The guest was left stunned at the valuation -Credit:BBC

"It looks like she is because I looked at the inscriptions at both of these trophies, and these aren't small events," Tyrrell highlighted. "You've got the Royal yacht Squadron cup over here, probably the most prestigious yachting club in Britain, and this tray here is the Royal Southern Yachts Club, and the centenary race."

"She was a very determined lady, and in 1935 that she was 16 of the 17 flags in her class," the relative added.

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The expert, while examining the tray, brooch and other items, commented: "The brooch is set in platinum, really good quality, it would have been made by one of the really good British jewellers. It could also be my Garrard, who knows? It's not marked but it's certainly a beautiful piece."

Discussing the trophy, the guest added: "This is a trophy she won in 1937. This was presented at the Royal Yacht Squadron, but of course in those days, ladies weren't allowed in squadron."

"Well she was in quite good company because I believe that the Queen was disallowed from entering the club, and she was a patron," Tyrrell joked. "We're looking at a period in the 19th through to the 20th century where it was very male dominated," the antiques expert explained further.

"I can't think of any other female professional sailors that were winning events like this - she was so ahead of her time. I would really value it as a whole collection of separate items because it so relates to her. Women's sporting history is so prevalent at the moment, and the fact that she was such a forerunner."

When it came to the valuation, the guest was left speechless as Tyrrell revealed: "At this time, I would have absolutely no hesitation in valuing the collection at £10,000 to £15,000."

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