Antiques Roadshow expert refuses to value ‘grotesque’ mystery object found in coal shed

The puzzled owner of the item continued: “We’ve had it ever since and wondered really what it is – it’s a mystery.”

“Well it is a very, very odd little object,” Marc agreed. “It’s quite grotesque in a way isn’t it? And it begs you to start asking questions.”

Analysing the peculiar drawing inscribed on the stone-like article, he added: “Well, I think let’s look at what it’s made out of for a start.

“There are a few clues. I’m going to put my glasses on to have a look – we can see that there are some fractures within the neck here, which immediately tells me it’s not stone.