A CHARITY shop worker was left gobsmacked by the value of a rare donated ornament on Antiques Roadshow.
Sunday’s episode of the BBC show saw the male guest discuss the item with expert Ronnie Archer Morgan.
He said: “This is an amazing microscopically wrought devotional tableaux and it’s finished with the names of the Saints below each relic. Is this fantastic thing yours?”
The guest replied: “No I volunteer for the Samaritans in Ipswich and it was donated at our charity shop.”
Ronnie asked if the man knew anything about the family who had donated it and he said she was a local lady whose grandfather’s family originated from Spain.
Ronnie agreed the item was “almost certainly Spanish” but possibly Portuguese and dates back to the first half of the 18th Century.
Taking it all in, he said: “What’s going on here is almost like a static diorama, I mean it feels like it should move, it’s mixed medium.
“I mean these are real natural pearls and this is the heavenly host in a heavenly orchestra.
“The faces of all these cherubs and angels and saints there in the heavenly host are all carved out of wood, microscopically.”
Ronnie said the animals in the display featured real animal teeth and said it was “an amazing thing.”
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He then moved on to the valuation and said: “I would value this in this condition at between £1,000 and £2,000.”
The guest was surprised and replied: “Wow, far more than we thought!”
Antiques Roadshow airs on Sundays at 7pm on BBC One.