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Antiques Roadshow star Ronnie Archer-Morgan has been within the industry for greater than 30 years so it’s secure to say he has come across an in depth amount of beneficial items. In an old episode of Antiques Roadshow, he meets a girl who got her hands on what she was initially told was a fruit picker at a web-based auction. However it was later revealed what she actually received was way more unusual and rare.

Expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan was presented with a cane on Antiques Roadshow that had a really different use in comparison with other similar items.

He said: “I really like sticks, staffs and canes, they were utilized by princes, paupers, kings, clergymen and so they have different functions.”

Archer-Morgan went on to make clear it was a botanist’s cane, a gadget utilized by those that study the biology of plants, fungi and other organisms.

His guest told the 70-year-old she thought it was something special because it was clearly “well engineered”.

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Archer-Morgan went on to offer some interesting history about canes, stating how they were often used to hide items like swords, letters and sometimes alcohol.

He added how the primary silk worms were even smuggled into Europe through the body of a cane.

The one he carried in his hands though as a substitute hid a bit brush, used for cross-pollinating flowers.

But Archer-Morgan’s eyes lit up when he told his guest of the famous connection the cane had.

Archer-Morgan went on to speak about how the item was intended for use, showcasing it to its owner.

“That is bamboo, the shaft, it’s got a bit gold ring here that you simply pull, open up and take your specimen and it brings it to you, it cuts it off but holds it.”

He then got right down to the nitty gritty, giving his guest a surprise when he explained what the cane could go for at auction.

“Gadget canes are really collectible and could be estimated in the precise auction between £800-£1,200.”

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