GOLD covered wine bottles dating from the 17th century have been unearthed by builders.

The six glass bottles were found at a construction site in Kinnersley, Worcestershire which is near to Croome estate.

Although four of the bottle’s seals have degraded over time, becoming unreadable, two are in good condition, showing the mark of the Coventry family.

The Earl of Coventry lived on the Croome estate and the items are linked to him and his family.

The guide price for the items totals £20,000 but no reserve has been set by the auctioneer.

Amy Forster-Smith, Croome’s visitor experience officer, said: “It’s really exciting to hear about this find of 17th century iridescent bottles so near to Croome – especially as some bear the Coventry family crest.

“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to acquire any of these but hopefully we will have the opportunity to see these in the future.”

Alan Blakeman, owns BBR Auctions based in South Yorkshire and the company will be selling the items next month.

Mr Blakeman said: “I gave up teaching many years ago to set my auctioneering business up.

“Well, it’s more than that, it’s a passion.

“These items have been in the ground for over 350 years, giving them an unusual visual appearance.

“People who have come to see the items on display in a glass cabinet have been blown away by how the bottles look.

“I’ll put this collection right up there with the best items I’ve ever come across in my career.

“What makes it even better is the fact that the Duke of Coventry had his own glassworks in London, showing strong provenance to the family and being part of the historical record.

“I hope the bottles return home to Worcestershire.”

Croome Court is owned by the National Trust and is open to members.