Antiques Roadshow makes return visit to RAF Coningsby

The Antiques Roadshow will make a return visit to RAF Coningsby on our televisions this Sunday (November 8), where treasures include an aristocratic harp that survived the French Revolution, a beautiful Liberty necklace, and a carved piece of wood with a mysterious function.
Fiona Bruce. EMN-150411-124234001Fiona Bruce. EMN-150411-124234001
Fiona Bruce. EMN-150411-124234001

There are plenty of mysteries in the show as jewellery specialist Susan Rumfit hears about a diamond brooch found hidden inside a barometer, and Jon Baddeley reveals the true purpose of a curious piece of carved wood dated 1775, leaving its owner lost for words.

Fiona Bruce is intrigued by a length of tree that ended up inside a Lancaster bomber on a raid in Norway in the Second World War, while militaria specialist Graham Lay is moved by the remarkable story behind a pair of boots, a child’s drawing and a parachute handle.

The team admire a Liberty necklace that a young girl plans to wear for her school leaving ball, but a dilapidated French harp that dates from before the French Revolution poses a considerable restoration challenge for its owner.

In a programme that has more than a hint of the Battle of Britain spirit, Mark Hill is intrigued to find a pair of wartime propaganda posters printed on hessian sacking, saved from a skip and kept under the owner’s bed.

• BBC Antiques Roadshow will be shown on Sunday November 8 on BBC One, 8.00pm.

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