AN Antiques Roadshow guest needed to 'sit down' after learning the truth about her mysterious object.
On a classic episode of the popular BBC One programme viewers watched as the show came to Polesden Lacey in Surrey.
One woman brought her mysterious ball-shaped object to the show to learn its real purpose.
Asian art specialist John Axford was visibly excited to inspect the object.
John recognised the ceramic ball immediately as onlookers looked puzzled.
The owner was stunned to discover that the object was used as a deterrent for rats.
Explaining its use, John said: “This is made in Turkey. It does have a proper name, it’s called a Yumurta.
"It hangs on a chain in a Mosque and stops the rats eating the candles.”
When asked how the item came into her possession, the guest revealed she got it from her aunt who used it as a doorstop.
John revealed the item was "very rare" and dates back to the 1600s.
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When he put a price on the antique its owner was taken aback to learn it was worth between £4,000 to £6,000.
"Oh my god," she exclaimed as she added: “Have you got a chair?”
Meanwhile, an Antiques Roadshow guest was shocked after learning the value of three whisky bottles she'd had "up in the loft in a box" for 50 years.
During the recent episode of the BBC show, host Fiona Bruce and the team travelled to Clissold Park in Hackney where guests brought their old items to be valued by the experts.
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