Antiques Roadshow expert Bunny was thrilled when the rare Steiff teddy bear was placed in front of her and even “screamed” when she set eyes on the cuddly toy which housed a hot water bottle. As Bunny explained how rare it was and why she was so excited by it, the guest had to take a few moments to take in its huge valuation after revealing they’d kept in a bag, out of sight.
Bunny began: “So, everybody knows this is a teddy bear. Do you know what it is?”
“Well, I believe it is a teddy bear hot water bottle,” the guest explained.
“It belonged to my great aunt and when she passed away it went to my mum and now I’m the custodian of it at the moment.”
Bunny went on to add: “Well, I must admit, I hope I didn’t give too much of a shock when I saw you coming to my table. I think I screamed didn’t I?”
“I was a bit nervous, I was thinking, ‘Oh, maybe it’s not the bear I thought it was,’” the guest replied.
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Antiques Roadshow expert comforts guest after unveiling huge valuation of rare teddy bear (Image: BBC)
Antiques Roadshow expert Bunny revealed the bear had been a hot water bottle (Image: BBC)
Bunny detailed to viewers exactly why both she and the guest loved the teddy bear.
She explained: “Well it certainly is and for me, I can’t tell you thats why I screamed because A, it’s a Steiff, B, it is white, which is incredibly rare, and it’s a true white because it’s got the brown nose not the black nose.
“A lot of the white ones are faded and you look under the arms and you can see what they were really coloured because the sun and all of the rest of it faded them.
“Then, looking again, you’re right, it’s a hot water