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Cameras capture tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds.
Des Moines, Ia - Hour Two (#1508H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
In Des Moines, Iowa, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Francis Wahlgren explore an impressive extra-illustrated book set based on a biography of Charles Dickens at Salisbury House and Gardens, the estate of 1920s cosmetics tycoon Carl Weeks. Highlights include a collection of late-1950s and 1960s Lucy M. Lewis Acoma Pueblo pottery; a 1820 Russian Loutkin snuff box inscribed with the imperial arms of the Romanov dynasty; and an extremely rare 1623 Shakespeare First Folio, valued at $40,000 to $50,000.
Des Moines, Ia - Hour Three (#1509H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
Host Mark L. Walberg, in full beekeeper's regalia, gets a lesson in honey farming near Des Moines, Iowa, while - at a safer distance - appraiser Stuart Whitehurst discusses examples of antiques with bee motifs. Highlights include a circa 1856 Des Moines city plan, printed just before it officially became Iowa's new capital; a circa 1838 E.C. Brewster beehive clock; and a circa 1925 round European-cut diamond and platinum ring, valued at $60,000 to $80,000.
Billings, MT - Hour One (#1510H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Christopher Mitchell meet at Little Big Horn National Monument to discuss the weapons used in the infamous battle between American Indian warriors and Lt. Col. George Custer's Seventh Cavalry Regiment. Highlights include a 19th-century Chinese jade brush washer; a 1752 English silver coursing trophy; and a long-lost 19th-century Arthur Brown watercolor scene of Yellowstone National Park, valued at $75,000 to $125,000.
Bismarck, Hour Three (#1909H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR is in Bismarck, North Dakota, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ted Trotta head to the State Historical Society of North Dakota to look at Plains Indian ledger drawings. Highlights include an original Santa Claus oil and advertisement by Hadden Sundblom, who painted all of the Coca-Cola Santa paintings from around 1931-1965; a 1778 letter written and signed by George Washington, dated from Valley Forge; and two Irish dragoon swallowtail guidon flags that were used in the Battle of Nashville and are now valued at $50,000.
Billings, MT - Hour Two (#1511H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Surrounded by the spectacular scenery of a Montana ranch, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser John Sollo explore the works of Thomas Molesworth, a significant figure in the popularization of rustic, Western-style furnishings. Highlights include a 19th-century Japanese suit of armor; an 1874 oil painting by noted Swiss artist Luigi Rossi; and a unique housewarming gift - a circa 1825 Parisian gilt bronze plateau (serving tray) valued at $50,000 to $70,000.
Birmingham, Hour One (#1910H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR is in Birmingham, where host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Catherine Williamson at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to discuss the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century and to look at materials related to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Highlights include hand-colored Andy Warhol lithographs that were stuck on a shelf for around 20 years; a pair of southern dolls that includes an "Alabama baby" doll purchased for 50 cents; and a Frederic Remington portrait with a letter from the artist to the owner's great-grandmother, appraised together for $600,000 to $800,000.
Bismarck, Hour Two (#1908H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Bismarck, North Dakota, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Richard Johnston travel to the Vintage Guitar Magazine headquarters to discuss Larson Brothers guitars. Highlights include a miniature Japanese china set, ca. 1925, made for dolls and includes high-quality china place settings for 12; a fashion forward ranchwear outfit, ca. 1935, that has a split skirt for riding astride as well as side saddle; and a Chinese Imperial ceremonial outfit, ca. 1900, acquired on a missionary trip to China and left in a storage building for more than 50 years, appraised at $100,000 to $150,000.
Birmingham, Hour Two (#1911H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR is in Birmingham, where host Mark L. Walberg heads to the historic site of Sloss Furnaces with appraiser Stuart Whitehurst to learn about iron antiques and the history of the iron and steel industry. Highlights include 1968 letters from a young Bill Clinton that include his candid opinions on politics and war; a Lalique hood ornament in an uncommon amethyst color; and a 1952 John Falter illustration valued at $200,000 to $250,000 in today's hot illustration art market.
Billings, MT - Hour Three (#1512H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Bruce Shackleford at Billing's Yellowstone Art Museum to look at its impressive collection of paintings by Joseph Henry Sharp - famous for his realistic depictions of American Indians. Highlights include a beautifully preserved 1843 artillery sword and belt; a circa 1925 sequined flapper dress and gold lame coat; and a circa 1925 heirloom collection of ruby, diamond and jade rings, valued at $60,000.
Des Moines, Ia - Hour One (#1507H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
Host Mark L. Walberg is joined by appraiser Wes Cowan at the Iowa State Museum in Des Moines to look at its collection of highly prized sand bottles by 19th-century Iowa folk artist Andrew Clemens. Highlights include a late-Victorian 14-karat gold vest chain and fob; a pair of 1963 and 1966 Green Bay Packers signed footballs; and a rare collection of promotional movie memorabilia from Hollywood's Golden Age, valued at $25,000 to $28,000.
Birmingham, Hour Three (#1912H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR rolls into Birmingham, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser John Buxton visit the Birmingham Museum of Art to look at a rare African wood carving from the late 19th century. Highlights include an autographed first edition copy of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird; a Titanic photograph and book tracing back to the owner's survivor relatives; and a Rolex military watch with ties to The Great Escape book and film that is appraised for $40,000 to $50, 000.
Biloxi, MS - Hour One (#1513H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Biloxi, Mississippi, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser David Rago for a look at the eccentric pottery of George Ohr, overlooked in his lifetime during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, but now the celebrated centerpiece of Biloxi's Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. Highlights include a circa 1950 Walter Anderson linocut; an 1899 "Buffalo Bill" poster; and a 1928 Art Deco, bronze sculpture of dancers from the Russian Ballet, created by Romanian artist Demeter Chiparus and valued at $100,000 to $150,000.
Relative Riches (#1319H) Duration: 55:35 STEREO TVG
This special edition puts family folklore to the test. Did that refinished chair once seat royalty? Did a tall tale get passed down with a tall chest? "Relative Riches" demonstrates the proof is in the provenance. Highlights include a bow and quiver purported to have been made and signed by Chief Geronimo; a carved emerald and ruby ring that would benefit from a bill of sale; and a questionable 1815 Kentucky corner cupboard that might have more value as firewood than furniture.
Santa Clara, Hour One (#1913H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR is in Santa Clara, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stephen Fletcher travel to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose to learn about arts and crafts made by Japanese and Japanese Americans interned in camps during World War II. Highlights include an Italian hotel proprietor's autograph book that includes signatures from John Steinbeck, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain; a Margaret Keane "Big Eye" painting; and a collection of 1936-1939 Edward Weston photographs, previously owned by Academy Award-winning special effects artist Warren Newcombe, and now valued at $180,000 to $260, 000.
Biloxi, MS - Hour Two (#1514H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
With NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center near Biloxi, Mississippi as a backdrop, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Noel Barrett to explore the world of vintage space toys. Highlights include a 1943 National League signed baseball; a circa 1770 sword used in the Revolutionary War; and a beautifully preserved 1811 silk-on-silk embroidery, made in Philadelphia and taken from an English print valued at $40,000 to $50,000.
Santa Clara, Hour Two (#1914H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR heads to Santa Clara, where host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser James Supp at the Pacific Pinball Museum to look at vintage pinball machines. Highlights include a Lambert magician automaton, ca. 1900, that is still in working condition; a Ray Bradbury archive collected by Bradbury's high school English teacher; and Fred Myrick scrimshaw tooth, ca. 1830, that has a long history of family folklore and is appraised for $150,000 to $200,000.