Winston Churchill’s hat and cigar feature on Antiques Roadshow

Winston Churchill’s top hat and one of his cigars are part of a collection valued at £10,000 on the next instalment of Antiques Roadshow.

The items, along with a cigar case and letters from a cook to her son giving details of the prime minister’s daily life, appear on the BBC One programme on Sunday.

They are taken along to the roadshow by a man named David Rose, who discovered them at the dump where he works.

He presented the famous hat, a cigar, a cigar case and more than 200 letters from Churchill’s cook to her son, in which she gave an insight into the wartime leader’s life.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Churchill’s hat on Antiques Roadshow (John House/BBC)</figcaption>
Churchill’s hat on Antiques Roadshow (John House/BBC)

The items were gifts from Churchill for the cook, and included a signed photo of the politician himself.

Mr Rose said: “She used to write to her son every day about the daily goings of Winston Churchill, what he was getting up to, how he was feeling and just interesting stuff about him.”

Antiques Roadshow specialist Mark Smith said the authenticity of the items would be in doubt were it not for the detailed letters.

He said Mr Rose had brought “lots of things that Winston touched, Winston signed and Winston owned” to the programme.

Mr Smith valued the whole collection at £10,000, which Mr Rose described as “crazy”.

Mr Rose declined to give the location of the dump, but said he had three sheds full of items discovered there.

“I’ve worked there for like 15 years and I get to pull out whatever I like, mostly antiques,” he said.

Antiques Roadshow broadcasts on Sunday evenings on BBC One.

The episode, at Eltham Palace in Greenwich, is available on BBC iPlayer.

- Press Association

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