Antiques expert Anita Manning discovered the lock of hair during the making of a new TV series of ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP by the BBC.
During filming at Abbotsbury Sir's former home in Melrose Scotland Anita Manning was examining a blotter book that had belonged to Sir Walter when she found a LOCK OF HAIR AND A HANDWRITTEN NOTE from a Mr.Walton.
In the note dated 1827 Mr. Dalton explained that the lock was given to him by Lieutenant Colonel Elphinstone who served under the Duke of Wellington. Mr Dalton thought it would be of interest to Sir Walter because he had an interest in collecting things from all around the world.
Wendy Rattray, executive producer at STV which produces 'anrtiques road trip' said " We're delighted to kick off the new series of the show with a truly breathtaking find at Abbotsford."
" Our experts are always on the lookout for hidden treasures as they drive around the UK; but never did we imagine we'd find something of such historical importance."
" It just goes to show that there are still hnidden gems waiting to be discovered and our experts are still managing to thrill and excite the audience with their finds."
Jason Dyer : Chief executive of the ABBOTSFORD TRUST said: " We're obviously very pleased and excited by this latest discovery at Abbotsford."
" As part of a £14million regeneration of this historic house and it's contents; we have recently begun the process of cataloguing and conserving Sir Walter Scott's incredible collections. We hope to uncover even more fascinating treasures in the coming months."
The first episode of the new series of 'Antiques Road Trip' will be screened on BBC2 next Monday. The episode featuring Abbotsford will be shown on Wed. Sept. 14th.