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BBC Antiques expert helps Mansfield U3A collectors James Lewis, of the popular BBC TV shows Flog It, Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt, was in Mansfield on 11th October to help members of Mansfield U3A build their collections by buying and selling wisely. Over 100 members heard Mr Lewis warn about widespread forgery, which he illustrated by passing around an apparently-antique Bedouin tent peg and a Chinese bronze, both bought deliberately at tourist markets. Real antiques Mr Lewis discussed and asked the U3A members to value included a Roman strigil (bath-house body scraper) excavated from the ruins of Pompeii, an African slavemaster's whip made from elephant hide and hippo ivory, used by African slave traders to subjugate captives, and an alabaster religious figure from between 1500 and 1600. Mr Lewis, who is 44 and a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, owns the Derbyshire-based auctioneers Bamfords, which has salerooms in Derby and Bakewell. He was introduced and thanked by Pat Blackwell, leader of Mansfield U3A's Antiques and Collectables group which meets every month to discuss items from members' collections. Caption: James Lewis with Pat Blackwell (left) and Sheila Whalley, newly-elected chairman of Mansfield U3A, at the 1861 Suite of Mansfield Town FC's One Call Stadium on Tuesday 11th October. He's holding a novelty tea caddy that many members thought to be a table cigar box. Reference Sources. Mansfield U3A: http://www.mansfield-u3a.org.uk/ Bamfords: http://www.bamfords-auctions.co.uk/

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