Antiques Roadshow expert stunned after guest finds Faberge vanity case with royal connection in a pawnshop

AN ANTIQUES Roadshow expert was left open-mouthed after getting his hands on a Fabergé vanity case with a royal connection.

The BBC One expert Alastair Dickenson was thrilled to examine a Fabergé vanity case found in a pawnshop in Warsaw.

The guest explained that he stumbled upon the treasured item when he was travelling through Poland around 30 years ago.

He said: "I found it in a little second hand pawnshop in Warsaw. My opening line was 'have you got any Fabergé?'"

The guest revealed that he was not a collector of Fabergé but was lucky to have come across the rare item on his travels.

He said that the previous owner had not come back to collect the vanity case after taking out a pawn loan against the item and the pledge had expired.

The stunned expert was in awe of the case as he examined the delicate inscription and design.

He explained: "If we open it up, we've got the Fabergé at the bottom.

"It was made before 1900s, so the inscription is quite a bit later, It's 1916.

"But what is so nice about this case is it's got this very unusual Art Nouveau andFabergé very seldom used Art Nouveau decoration in his production.

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"We've got that as a big plus point but we have a down point – it's got some damage and repair there."

The guest joked: "Well, when you're 100 and whatever…"

"Yeah, I might go off colour, you're right," the Alastair hilariously replied.

The expert continued: "It's got initials here, which appear to be AJ with a 1. The only thing I can tell you about that, is that it has the imperial crown at the top, so it was given by a member of the Russian royal family as a present.

"But overall it's a terrific case, it has all these compartments and a sprung clip for cards probably and this lovely enamel over the back."

The owner said that he paid just under £2,000 for the case around 30 years ago – saying it was an "eyewatering" amount of money.

With the guest desperate to know how much the case was worth now – Alastair revealed that it was valued between £4,000 to £6,000.

The antiques specialist added: "A great case by the great Russian called CarlFabergé, you don't get much better than that.

"To find this in a pawnshop in Warsaw, I think is pretty good."

Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC Iplayer.

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