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.

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

More on this topic

Conservative leadership election: what happened last time?

Doctor likened to Benny Hill jailed for groping 15 patients

British teenager with love of forensics becomes crime scene investigator for the day

Lib Dems overtake Labour in Euro election race, poll suggests

More in this Section

Police release bizarre ‘Lego man’ e-fit in bid to catch distraction burglar

In Video: Turtles reunited after eight months apart

Peter Crouch: I was stumped when Harry asked me ‘How did you bag Abbey?’

Ex-photojournalist seeks 'hero' boy he interviewed at Ronald Reagan's Ireland visit 35 years ago


Review: Murder of Garcia Lorca gives backdrop to chilling tale

Harris returns 20 years later to magical characters of ‘Chocolat’

Michelle Darmody: Baking with herbs

Product Watch: Skincare acids not as scary as they seem

More From The Irish Examiner