BBC Show Finds Passport Signed By Charles I. in 1641

BBC Show Finds Passport Signed By Charles I. in 1641

London, May 11 (ANI): A BBC Show has come across a passport dating back to 1641 in Sunderland, the UK, which was signed by Charles I. According to a report by BBC News, the program, known as ‘Flog It’, has put a price of up to 20,000 pounds on a passport which is almost 400 years old.

It was brought to the Stadium of Light to be valued by Peter and Eileen Milner and is thought to be one of the best finds in the show’s eight-year history. The document, which belonged to a Captain Bradshaw, dates back to 1641 and was signed by Charles I. Heirloom expert and show presenter, Paul Martin, put a reserve price of between 2,000 pounds and 3,000 pounds but said it could fetch between 15,000 pounds and 20,000 pounds.

The document, which is handwritten on vellum parchment, was bought as a present for Eileen for about 100 pounds. According to Milner, “It has beautiful writing with the signature of Charles I, we believe, and it gives passage to a Captain Bradshaw and his wife and servants to travel the oceans on behalf of the king.”

“It is fascinating – it belonged to a friend of ours who was a collector and when his estate was being sold my husband bought it for me as a birthday present,” he added. “It may go from from 2,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds; we just don’t know until the day of the auction,” he said. “It would be nice if it went to a museum or the Passport Office if they have collections. But for the moment it is with the BBC for safe-keeping,” he added. (ANI)

(First published here in 2009)

BBC Show Finds Passport Signed By Charles I. in 1641

2 comments for “BBC Show Finds Passport Signed By Charles I. in 1641

  1. Theo J.F. Schalke
    9 October, 2012 at 04:33

    Hi Tom,

    Unfortunate (unbelievable?!) it did not sell for 2000 pounds and returned home.

    http://www.jarrowandhebburngazette.com/news/local-news/no-sale-for-world-s-oldest-passport-1-1307289

    Theo

    • 9 October, 2012 at 08:34

      Excellent! Thx for following up, Theo. Well, it seems the Brit’s are not passport collectors 😉 2000£ for this item is a reasonable price.

      It may be a unique piece of history, but Britain’s oldest passport failed to get the stamp of approval on South Tyneside. The 1641 document, which bears the signature of Charles 1, was expected to reach up to 20,000 when it went under the hammer at Boldon Auction Galleries yesterday. But gasps were heard around the packed-out auction house when it failed to receive a single bid on its reserve price of 2,000 to 3,000.

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