The Repair Shop viewers were left holding back the tears on Wednesday after an emotional guest had her late sister’s jewellery box beautifully restored.
Pamela from Devon met with woodwork expert Will Kirk as she looked to bring back the hugely sentimental item to its former glory.
She explained that the musical jewellery box featuring a Venetian street scene had been in her possession for 50 years after her sister died when she was just 15.
As Pam told Will, her sister Vera had loved the box and it reminded her of her childhood growing up with her in Devon.
She recounted the tragic moment when Vera was in hospital receiving treatments for her Type 1 diabetes when she died as a result of viral pneumonia.
‘It’s not very valuable, but it’s very valuable to me,’ she said as she explained the item’s significance.
‘The music box used to give me memories of Vera. Every day I used to look at it and smile.’
Despite significant fire damage and years of grime, Will was not perturbed as he set about the task of repairing the delicate item.
He hand painted the box in order to recapture its original condition and painstakingly brought the surface back up to scratch.
Music box expert Steve Kember then went about repairing the music box element of the item and tried to get it sounding perfect once again.
As ever, Will and the other experts in the shop worked their magic and it wasn’t long before Pam returned to see the item – and she wasn’t disappointed.
In touching scenes, the music box was revealed to Pam and she struggled to hold back the tears.
‘It was just like Vera’s. It had lost all that colour and now it’s come back to life. It really transported me back to the times I spent with Vera,’ she said.
‘It brings all those memories flooding back. It’s brilliant.’
Viewers were left feeling emotional after the scenes aired, taking to social media to share their delight for Pam.
‘Absolute floods here. What a lovely lady,’ one wrote.
‘Fantastic reaction. Lovely lady. I’m in tears,’ another said.
Elsewhere, main man Jay Blades and the other experts set to work a Victorian railway lamp and three trophies awarded in the 1950s for a three-time winner of the world ploughing championships.
It comes after The Repair Shop viewers were left horrified after the process of repairing a beloved panda toy involved skinning it to its terrifying bare bones.
Visitor Gill Harvey had brought the mechanical panda toy to The Repair Shop for the experts to work their magic on it after its fur had disintegrated after decades of being loved and treasured.
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