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Treasure hunting …. with the Art & Antiques Home Show

Treasure hunting …. with the Art & Antiques Home Show

by Britt Aamodt, Contributing writer

If you watch PBS, then you’ve probably caught the tail end of an episode of “Antiques Roadshow,” or even devoted a whole hour to the peculiarly addictive program.

The show is a public television success story. Still, who would’ve thought anyone would tune in to watch Dick and Jane trot out granny’s old tea service?

The American version of “Antiques Roadshow” premiered in 1997 and is still going strong. And what keeps viewers coming back are the stories. In one episode, the owners of Civil War memorabilia might talk about a great-great-uncle who wore that saber at Gettysburg.

Vesley picked up a Santo Domingo Pueblo chili bowl on her annual trip to the Southwest. Artist Alice Vidal left a gap (bottom), called the spirit line, a portal through which the spirit of the bowl can come and go.

In another, an appraiser might gab about toy soldier collectibles and then offhandedly mention that the set displayed here is the same make once owned by a young Winston Churchill.

And you never know when someone’s going to pop up with a real treasure. This summer, a collector brought five Chinese cups to the “Antiques Roadshow” taping in Oklahoma. The cups were valued at over $1 million, a record for the show.


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