Antiques Roadshow fans bemused by guest’s ‘creepy’ family inheritance tradition

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Antiques Roadshow fans have been left bemused by one guest's "creepy" family inheritance tradition.

Sunday night's episode of the BBC series saw one guest approach the table asking for a valuation on an antique scent bottle, which she believed was inherited from her dad's mum's family.

The bottle was revealed to have been made in England in the 1830s or 1840s, with its top made of 18-carat gold.

After being valued at up to £2,500, the guest explained how her family have already began to sort out the artefacts they will inherit from their parents.

She said: "In our family, we have pink and blue dots for anything that we are going to inherit from our parents.

"The pink dot means the girls get it and the blue dot means the boys get it.

"This scent bottle is going to be a pink dot."

Despite the guest being pleased with the result of her valuation, Antiques Roadshow viewers posting to Twitter described her family's inheritance tradition as "creepy".

One wrote: "A bit of a creepy business going about your folks house placing blue or pink dots on stuff, divvying up your inheritance in the presence of your parents."

Another commented: "Pink and blue dots?

"She seemed very happy about it too, I'll have a think on what I think about that."

A third wrote: "Another devil child!!"

At the valuation of the scent bottle, the expert said: "What makes this really special for me is that it's still in its retail box from that 1840 date."

He also informed the guest that the bottle was adorned with turquoise jewels and opaline glass and that the company responsible for making it were jewellers to the queen and the royal family.

While the bottle was also in great condition, it was missing a glass stopper.

"It's a very desirable little object," the expert concluded.

After hearing its impressive valuation, the guest replied: "I thought [it was worth] £50."

She later confirmed that it would be staying in the family.

Antiques Roadshow airs on BBC One and BBC Two

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