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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.
Tasty Treasures (#1520H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
This special edition celebrates the season with a cornucopia of appetizing antiques and delectable collectibles for and about eating and drinking. Plucked from AR's appraisal archive, highlights include a coveted stainless steel 1930s meat serving cart that saw decades of use at a Reno, NV casino; a rare toy coffee service made of 18th-century British porcelain; and an heirloom Tlingit Indian oil bowl and ladle, acquired by the owner's great-great-grandfather during a military posting to Sitka, AK in 1877, valued at a jaw-dropping $250,000 to $300,000.
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.
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Boston, Hour Two (#1705H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR visits the Boston Public Library to explore sketches from the beloved children's book Make Way for Ducklings, which inspired the creation of Boston's famous duckling sculptures. Boston guests sure can carry a tune, bringing in a 1950 Selmer alto saxophone, an impressive George Gershwin collection and 1970s Beatles memorabilia valued at $60,000.
Big & Little (#1320H) Duration: 56:06 STEREO TVG
Good things come in small - and gigantic - packages. AR looks high and low through its archive of appraisals for unusually teeny treasures and outsize objects, from an heirloom five-carat diamond ring valued at $40,000 to $50,000 to a wall-sized painting by noted American artist John Fery, estimated to be worth $20,000 to $30,000.
Knoxville, Hour One (#1819H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR is in Knoxville, Tennessee, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ken Farmer head to the Museum of Appalachia to discuss Appalachian musical instruments. Highlights include a Tiffany pottery vase, circa 1905, that was purchased at an estate sale for $75 and is now valued at $9000 to $12,000; a shoe belonging to Robert Wadlow, the tallest human recorded in history; and a Chinese gilt bronze Amida Buddah, circa 1550, that is unusual in size and is appraised for $40,000 to $60,000.
Boston, Hour Three (#1706H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
On AR's visit to Boston, Massachusetts, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stephen Fletcher explore folk art carvings at the historic Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester. Discoveries include a host of arms and militaria, including Civil War photographs; World War II German POW signs; and a circa 1810 South Carolina musket valued at $ 6000-$8000.
Knoxville, Hour Two (#1820#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Knoxville, Tennessee, AR host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Francis J. Wahlgren travel to the Rhea County Courthouse to look at a book relating to the Scopes "monkey trial." Highlights include a collection of personal letters from Amelia Earhart to the guest's aunt that feature Earhart's entrepreneurial and self-promotional sprit; Joseph Delaney drawings, circa 1950, purchased from the Knoxville artist's own home for $20 each and now valued at $2000 to $ 3000; and two Jacob Maentel watercolors, circa 1835 and larger than average, that are appraised for $60,000 to $80,000.
Raleigh, NC - Hour One (#1401#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR's 2010 season kicks off from Raleigh, NC, amid a forest of giant "comic weathervanes," where appraiser Ken Farmer talks about smaller examples of vintage whirligigs. Highlights include a 1920 Arts & Crafts desk and lamp - both of which light up; a rare circa 1960 Gibson Double 12 Electric Guitar; and a set of four Chinese Quianlong Period (1736-1795) carved jade objects whose auction estimate of $710, 000 to $1,070,000 makes it the highest value appraisal in AR history.
Forever Young (#1521H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
"Forever Young" is a celebration of objects for the young and the young at heart. As the show's lovingly preserved appraisals prove, it's not only toys and teddy bears that capture the spirit of youth. Highlights include original art for a Dr. Seuss lunchbox; a child's shoe autographed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig; and a colorful embroidered silk picture, sewn by the owner's great-great-great-aunt at age 15 in 1819, valued at $60,000 to $80,000.
Knoxville, Hour Three (#1821#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR stops in Knoxville, Tennessee, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser John Buxton visit the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture to talk about prehistoric Native American stoneworks. Highlights include a third edition of Gone With the Wind with a false inscription; signed Muhammad Ali training shoes that are appraised for $15,000 to $20,000; and a Cartier sapphire and diamond ring that was purchased at a Knoxville estate sale for less than $15,000 and is now valued at $40,000 to $60,000.
Raleigh, NC - Hour Two (#1402H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR visits the North Carolina Museum of History with appraiser J. Michael Flanigan to look at the work of Thomas Day, a free man of color who became the most famous North Carolina furniture maker of the 19th century. Highlights include a circa 1800 eastern North Carolina bottle case on stand; an 1812 needlework sampler; and a 1985 Andrew Wyeth watercolor, whose owner benefited from a tug-of-war between art dealers, valued at $450,000.
Jacksonville, Hour One (#1822#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR travels south to Jacksonville, Florida, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar head to the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum to discuss missing Richard E. Norman films. Highlights include a Laurel and Hardy "Swiss Miss" horn that was used as a prop in their 1930 film; a silver presentation cup, ca. 1780, that was gifted from Lafayette to Major General Nathaniel Greene during the Revolutionary War and is now valued at $25,000; and a Thomas Hart Benton oil on tin, ca. 1950, that was a gift from the artist to the guest's father - Benton's neighbor - and is now appraised for $125,000.
Raleigh, NC - Hour Three (#1403H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR visits North Carolina's Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, once the site of a US arsenal seized by the Confederacy, to look at some of the weapons made in North Carolina during the Civil War. Highlights include an archive of items related to Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1966 visit to St. Mark's AME Zion Church in Durham; a circa 1800 heirloom Virginia-made table, purported to have ties to Thomas Jefferson; and a pair of circa 1725 chairs, made by New England furniture maker John Gaines, whose value - much diminished because the pieces are refinished - is estimated to be $30,000 to $50,000.
Jacksonville, Hour Two (#1823H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Jacksonville, Florida, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst travel to the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum to learn about a 17th-century pirate book. Highlights include a Babyland Rag topsy-turvy doll, ca. 1905, composed of both a Babyland Rag doll and a Steiff bear; a diamond Art Deco bracelet watch, purchased 30 years ago for a few hundred dollars and now estimated at $10,000 to $ 12,000; and Robert E. Lee's own map of critical battle areas around Richmond, brought to AR by a descendant of General Richard Stoddert Ewell, now worth $50,000 to $100,000.
Atlantic City, NJ - Hour One (#1404#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR touches down in Atlantic City, then detours to the Wheaton Arts Center in Millville, New Jersey, where appraiser Arlie Sulka looks at some beautiful old American paperweights and host Mark L. Walberg tries his hand at glass blowing. Highlights include a Walt Whitman memoir inscribed by the author to a group of firefighters; a late 19th-century bronze and marble statue by the acclaimed French sculptor Albert Ernest Carrier Belleuse; and an oil painting by acclaimed 19th-century Canadian artist Cornelius Krieghoff, noted for portraying narrative-like scenes, valued at $200,000 to $350,000.
Jacksonville, Hour Three (#1824#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR stops in Jacksonville, Florida, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Arlie Sulka visit Flagler College to look at Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. Highlights include a NASA "Mercury 7" signed photo, ca. 1960, that was gifted to the guest by her Air Force father-in-law; an 1862 Abraham Lincoln signed document, given to the guest's great-great-great-uncle by Abraham Lincoln as part of a commission to abolish slavery and is now valued at $50,000 to $75,000; and a Tiffany & Co. gold necklace. ca. 1875, with strong Japanese influences and appraised for $55,000 to $60,000.
Atlantic City, NJ - Hour Two (#1405#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Atlantic City, New Jersey, AR and appraiser Andy Ourant dip into a discussion of the market for swimsuit-clad, early 20th-century bisque figurines, known as bathing beauties. Highlights include: a collection of Enrico Caruso memorabilia brought by his grandson; a dress by noted Italian designer Fortuny, purported to have been worn by American modern dance legend Isadora Duncan; and a pair of heirloom boxwood and ivory figurines estimated to be worth $50,000 to $75,000, but if confirmed to be 18th-century originals by sculptor Simon Troger, could be worth $400,000.