Antiques Roadshow viewer cracks 230 year old secret code
An Antiques Roadshow viewer has just cracked a 230 year old secret code which baffled TV experts.
The code was inscribed on a Georgian box which dates back to 1785 and appeared on the January 10th broadcast of the programme.
Expert Jon Baddeley admitted he was 'at a bit of a loss' as to what the inscription meant but valued the box, which was bought in Petticoat Lane for £20-30, at between £800-1,200.
61-year-old IT support engineer Paul Wisken was watching the show and was intrigued by the code. He then decided to devise a system which matched digits with letters, beginning with double 8s he surmised were likely to represent LLs.
After some five hours of work he discovered that the message reads “the gift is small but love is all” and passed his findings on to the Antiques Roadshow team.
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