November 26, 2012
Yesterday I watched the BBC Antiques Road Show from the National Maritime Museum on iPlayer. They produced a big steel sea chest that the presenter, Fiona Bruce, said that it was very old and hadn’t been opened in living memory because no-one could undo the two built in locks.
Now I found that hard to believe because over the last few generations there must have been some locksmith somewhere who could open it. Fiona Bruce went on to say that they had found someone who could and would open it during the show.
Subsequent clips showed the locksmith filing, making and trying the keys which I suspect were already finished but they were waiting until the end of the show to find out what had been hidden in the strongbox for the last hundred years. Ms Bruce stated that something was rattling inside whenever the box was moved and it probably contained treasure.
At last the great moment arrived. The two massive keys were slowly turned, one at a time. The crowd surged forward to get a better look. The handle slowly turned and the lid was opened to reveal . . . nothing!
Well, not quite. There was one small item that had been causing the rattling noise for the past god-knows-how-many years. Fiona Bruce learnt forward and picking it up she held it aloft to show the watching crowd.
I have always said that reality and ‘spontaneous interview’ TV programmes are carefully scripted and rehearsed beforehand. There is certainly a lot of truth in the following video.
anjiknut on November 26th, 2012 at 1:20 pm #
Looks a pretty modern pen top to me!
Did you get the big scans I sent you of our time travelling lady?
If as they say nobdy could open the box in living memory, how can someone just come along and make the keys during the show and open the box? Suspicious what? – Keith.
Pat on November 28th, 2012 at 10:26 am #
What a spoil sport that Barry is:)