Presenter: Today, we leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and come to Sunninghill Park in Ascot, Berkshire. Now in ruins, more than 200 years ago, it was the home of the Duke and Duchess of York, the long-forgotten royal couple who, sad to say, ended their days as circus performers in the Middle East.
Textile and fabric expert Lavinia Trundle (holds a thin, blue piece of material with two circular bands at either end): Daphne and Frederick brought this to us today. Tell me how you came to own it?
Daphne: My mother found it in an old kitchen drawer in my grandmother’s house. It’s been in the family ever since.
Lavinia Trundle: Any idea what it was originally used for?
Presenter: Today, we leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and arrive at Sunninghill Park in Ascot, Berkshire
Frederick: Could it be some kind of fishing net, maybe for very small fish?
Lavinia Trandell: Well, I can tell you it’s, in fact, a “face mask.” It dates back two centuries to early 2020, at a time when the world was in the grip of a pandemic. Rich and poor alike were expected to wear one of these when they left the house.
Daphne and Frederick: Oh my God!
Lavinia Trundle: These face masks are pretty rare now, of course, but they do come on the market from time to time, and I would say this could potentially fetch between £250,000 and £350,000 at auction – or in the day’s cash, price A loaf of bread approx.
Daphne: Well, it has sentimental value. We will definitely keep it in the family, and wear it on special occasions.
Derek Smooth, vintage electronics expert (holds a small rectangular gray body): Well, I say! This is the most amazing item! Tell me how did you come up with it?
A man in a luxurious bra: he has been in the family for as long as possible. It came down from my mother’s side. We always kept them on the mantelpiece.
Derek Smoth: I can tell you it goes back to the early 2000s.
A man in a fancy bra: Oh my God!
Derek Smoth: Any idea what that could be?
A man in a fancy waistcoat: In the old days, perhaps one could have put it in the center of the dining table, as a kind of decoration?
Derek Smoth: That’s proof. If we turn it upside down, you will see rows of small buttons, with numbers on them, as well as a small series of dots and arrows. This is very similar to what used to be known as a “mobile phone”.
It dates back to a brief period in history when the so-called “mobile” was the rage. It’s hard to believe, but fashionable species really do not like to leave their homes without them. They carried them everywhere and worshiped them.
This was what I suppose today we call religious cult. But by the early 1930s, the fashion was gone. The last human to ever use a mobile phone died 100 years ago, in the year 2122.
She belonged to a very old family of traditional influencers in Los Angeles. Her name was Lilibet Sussex, better known nowadays, I suppose, because he married the great Beck-ham dynasty.
It dates back to a brief period in history when the so-called “mobile” was the rage. It’s hard to believe, but fashionable species really do not like to leave their homes without them. They carried them everywhere and worshiped them
Virginia Smallbone, Bag, and Holdall Expert: I’m looking at another great example of early 2000s craftsmanship. It is very small and very delicate – a very delicate element in deep black. Tell me, how did you come up with it?
Big-toothed Lady: Family legend says that my great-grandfather on my mother’s side owned a Labrador puppy and was known to carry it in his pants pocket wherever he went! I always thought it must be some kind of good luck charm!
Virginia Smallbone: Well, let me show you something a little special! It is possible, using your fingers very precisely, to open these two pieces – and look! – Create a bag!
Yes, this is a prime example of what was known in those days as a “dog poo bag”. Traditionally, people would fill it with dog feces, and carry it, holding it by their side. Historians believe it was a status symbol.
There is currently an exhibit of dog poo bags from the later second Elizabethan era in the British Museum, which I can highly recommend.
If it were to be auctioned, I think it could fetch between £450,000 and £550,000.
Big-toothed lady: Oh my God! But I will keep it in the family, it means a lot to me.