ANTIQUES Roadshow guest refuses to sell war medals worth staggering amount.
Expert Mark Smith is a military museum curator and specialist in military medals.
He explored the history of the guest’s medal collection and explained why they were worth a whopping £25k.
Examining the medals, Mark said: “Now, we have an etching, as it were I suppose, of a man here, wearing what looks like hundreds of medals. Who was this man and who was he to you?”
The guest replied: “This man was Major-General Sir Denis Pack, who amongst other wars, fought at Waterloo, and he was my wife’s great-great-great-grandfather.”
Mark continued: “It is such an incredible array of medals, and in his day, they were made of gold and they were made of precious metals and real diamonds.
“So that thing around his neck is a rare medal in itself – it’s the Army Gold Cross.
“It was given to general field officers, people like Wellington would have one of these.
“The actual cross itself has the names of four battles inscribed amongst the arms, and then the clasps on the ribbon represents another battle.
“You have the Order of the Tower and Sword, you have the Waterloo Medal over there, and the representation of the Army Gold Cross with seven clasps – they are really unusual.
“They were made by a jeweller called Hunt and Roskell, so the jeweller himself died in 1823. I think the medals are later – 1870s perhaps.
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“They are miniatures, they do not command the price of the larger medal.
“However, easily £25,000 would be very very reasonable for that set of medals.”
The guest was “delighted” at the evaluation.
But he insisted “they’re going to stay in the family, hopefully always.”
Antiques Roadshow airs on Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.