What happens when you challenge a vintage expert?
You’re about to find out.
Antony Charman has been a vintage appraiser since before records began. When the History Channel team caught him telling everyone he was better than the ‘golden gun’ (our metal testing gun). They decided to put him to the test.
Luckily they also caught it on camera — think our expert has what it takes to beat the golden gun? Watch the video to find out, or if you don’t like videos, keep scrolling, we’ve explained everything – with pictures!
Very expensive piece of equipment great for a novice but I don’t really need one.
This is a travelling clock. It’s called basket weave is this particular style of finish on here. Round about 1900 / 1910. A beautiful piece.
There are no hallmarks but I’m going to say that that one is silver…
This one here is an Omega 1960’s. Generally when a watch has a gold back on it, gold sides, 9 times out of 10 they tend to be gold.
Well I got the 9 carat gold part right!
Antony: Oh, well there you go!
You can see on here it says 1937 Coronation Medal.
This actually looks gold, and it certainly feels like gold. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in gold to be honest with you. So if it’s gold Its probably 22ct gold
Slightly more I think…
24 carat gold
It’s 24 carat gold
Ooh this is nice! A melon cutter and scraper. You cut a melon in half with it then you scrape the seeds out with it here. Quite a sharp object. It’s actually made in about 1900. It’s silver…
Silver, yes! Thank You.
And these are a little bit different. I’m going to say these are Baroque pearls, different pattern, different shape. They have a gritty feel off them to the teeth.
This here has got diamonds in and I’m going to say that this one here is 18ct gold with diamonds and cultured pearls so let’s have a look at that one.
It’s not 18ct gold it’s actually 14ct gold.
I think I still know a little bit more than you about the stuff
But as long as you’ve got the gun you’ll always do well.
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