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!

 

 

 

Video Transcript

A slide that says The Golden Gun Challenge

 

No chance!

 

Very expensive piece of equipment great for a novice but I don’t really need one.

 

Antony Charman with a basket weave clock

 

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…

 

A slide that says silver 94% copper 6%

 

Silver?

 

A picture of Antony Charman and Matthew Christlow that says Antony 1 Golden Gun 0
Antony Charman appraising a vintage Omega watch

 

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.

 

A slide that says 9 carat gold

 

Well I got the 9 carat gold part right!

 

Antony Charman and Matthew Christlow and the words Antony 2 Golden Gun 0

 

Assistant: 1956

 

Antony: Oh, well there you go!

 

Antony Charman holding a gold coronation medal

 

You can see on here it says 1937 Coronation Medal.

 

Ooh!

 

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…

 

A slide that says 24 carat gold

 

24 carat gold

 

It’s 24 carat gold

 

Antony Charman and Matthew Christlow with writing that says Antony 2 Golden Gun 1

Antony Charman holding a vintage gold plated silver melon ball scraper and cutter

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…

 

A slide that says silver 99.99%

 

Silver, yes! Thank You.

 

Antony Charman and Matthew Christlow with words that say Antony 3 Golden Gun 1
Antony Charman testing pearls with his teeth

 

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.

 

A slide that says 14 carat gold

 

It’s not 18ct gold it’s actually 14ct gold.

 

A picture of Antony Charman and Matthew Christlow with the words Antony 3 Golden Gun 2

 

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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