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(Collector's Weekly)   Think that old spittoon Grampa left you is worth a gazillion bucks? Here is a trip behind the scenes at "Antiques Roadshow", so you know what to expect   (collectorsweekly.com) divider line 64
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2009-09-26 09:14:47 AM
There are some items I wouldn't mind getting appraised, but one of my latent fears is standing in a very long line holding some EXTREMELY FRAGILE ITEM that may be worth big $$$, behind about a thousand other people all holding their EXTREMELY FRAGILE ITEMS that may be worth big $$$.
 
2009-09-26 09:21:23 AM
I want to see the Antiques Roadshow blooper reel.
 
2009-09-26 09:34:08 AM
I've been to two AR tapings, one in England and one in Canada.

Really cool. he best part was just rubbernecking at all the other neat stuff (and sometimes junk) that everyone else had brought. The lady in line in front of me at the Canadian one had a Lalique glass dragonfly hood ornament from the 1920s (which just sits on her mantle here in the earthquake captial of Canada). It was appraised at $25K.

During the preshow lineup in England, Henry Sandon, who is the rotund little older guy with glasses who does a lot of the china chatted with people in the line, joking and generally being very charming.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2009-09-26 09:43:27 AM
Fark link about the value of a spittoon collection: Duke spits

(The answer had only four digits, alas.)
 
2009-09-26 12:01:39 PM
AcheronX: I want to see the Antiques Roadshow blooper reel.

Same here. You just know that over the years, so many things have been dropped or fumbled. Oh, and let's make it uncensored so we can hear the real reactions when they find out that their 19th century dining room chair is a fake.
 
2009-09-26 12:57:58 PM
Is that old spittoon worth a gazillion bucks? No.

i210.photobucket.com

This autographed picture of Europe? Totally different story!
 
2009-09-26 01:51:46 PM
More than I wanted to know. Hope that I never have to meet Daile Kaplan (first photo) in person. I'm prone to nightmares already.
 
2009-09-26 01:53:22 PM
My mom has a Stradivarius she bought at a yard sale. It has a paper label pasted inside - you can just make it out through the F-holes - that says "Stradivarius". You can't ask for better than that.

It is the only thing I will inherit, so I am pretty much set for life.
 
2009-09-26 01:54:36 PM
Rusty Shackleford: I've been to two AR tapings, one in England and one in Canada.

Really cool. he best part was just rubbernecking at all the other neat stuff (and sometimes junk) that everyone else had brought. The lady in line in front of me at the Canadian one had a Lalique glass dragonfly hood ornament from the 1920s (which just sits on her mantle here in the earthquake captial of Canada). It was appraised at $25K.

During the preshow lineup in England, Henry Sandon, who is the rotund little older guy with glasses who does a lot of the china chatted with people in the line, joking and generally being very charming.


the ones further out west from the atlantic states always are kinda boring. Our historic items have a max age of 1850ish. With New England states you get up to 1600's
Of course not counting the immigrants from Germany into Texas and all that jazz
 
2009-09-26 01:55:25 PM
My favorite Antiques Roadshow was when some guy brought in an old "volley gun":

farm4.static.flickr.com

It's pretty much exactly what it looks like. "When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherfarker in the room, accept no substitutes". The appraiser was clearly thrilled that he got to look it over.
 
2009-09-26 02:01:14 PM
bigpeeler: AcheronX: I want to see the Antiques Roadshow blooper reel.

Same here. You just know that over the years, so many things have been dropped or fumbled. Oh, and let's make it uncensored so we can hear the real reactions when they find out that their 19th century dining room chair is a fake.


The first time I was there, there was a HUGE crash, something made of glass broke into what must have been a thousand pieces. The whole place went from loud friendly chatter to a huge GASP and then silence for a couple seconds. Everyone felt terrible for the person.
 
2009-09-26 02:07:17 PM
AcheronX: I want to see the Antiques Roadshow blooper reel.

This

/That
//And all the rest
 
2009-09-26 02:09:54 PM
No Such Agency: My favorite Antiques Roadshow was when some guy brought in an old "volley gun":



It's pretty much exactly what it looks like. "When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherfarker in the room, accept no substitutes". The appraiser was clearly thrilled that he got to look it over.


That volley gun looks like the ultimate "get off my lawn" weapon.

I want one..
 
2009-09-26 02:10:40 PM
No Such Agency: My favorite Antiques Roadshow was when some guy brought in an old "volley gun":



It's pretty much exactly what it looks like. "When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherfarker in the room, accept no substitutes". The appraiser was clearly thrilled that he got to look it over.


Holy crap. Is that thing muzzle loading? It must take a week and a half to get that thing ready to roll. Not to mention that it must require a different person to fire it each time since the previous firer is always attempting to un-dislocated their shoulder.
 
2009-09-26 02:11:15 PM
Collectorsweekly needs to collect an editor.
 
2009-09-26 02:13:08 PM
Meh. I live 2 towns away from Searsport, 'The Antique Capital Of The World'.

//one man's trash is another man's 'antique'
///70 y/o monkey wrenches selling for $70
////suckers
 
2009-09-26 02:21:12 PM
Lanny Budd

My mom has a Stradivarius she bought at a yard sale. It has a paper label pasted inside - you can just make it out through the F-holes - that says "Stradivarius". You can't ask for better than that.

It is the only thing I will inherit, so I am pretty much set for life
.

Yeahhhhh... I can pretty much assure you it is not a stradivarius. There were a lot of fakes made at the time. Get it appraised.
 
2009-09-26 02:22:17 PM
My mother is really big into antique collecting so one day I'm going to inherit a ton of junk. I'm sure the majority is completely worthless but there has to be a few items worth something.

\cool story huh bros
 
2009-09-26 02:23:23 PM
John Buck 41: Meh. I live 2 towns away from Searsport, 'The Antique Capital Of The World'.

//one man's trash is another man's 'antique'
///70 y/o monkey wrenches selling for $70
////suckers


Rare junk, is still junk.
 
2009-09-26 02:28:09 PM
he looks like jim from the office.
 
2009-09-26 02:29:07 PM
VENEER!

[takes drink]
 
2009-09-26 02:31:31 PM
I've got a piece of wood from the USS Constitution.
i220.photobucket.com

I don't know if it's worth anything, but it's very cool.
 
2009-09-26 02:34:59 PM
my favorite antique question was the woman who wrote in describing her family heirloom. she enclosed a photo of her very old, very pretty soup tureen which they used every holiday meal.

It turned out they were serving soup out of a chamber pot.
 
2009-09-26 02:37:50 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Is that old spittoon worth a gazillion bucks? No.



This autographed picture of Europe? Totally different story!


I can't imagine that picture is worth very much but you could always try putting it on the show and see.

You won't really know it's value until the end of the show when they do the final countdown.
 
2009-09-26 02:40:43 PM
I used to watch that show just for Lara Spencer.

images.ocregister.com
 
2009-09-26 02:46:42 PM
pureobscure: I used to watch that show just for Lara Spencer.

Lara's twins are nice but these are the hottest twins:

www.lomblad.net
 
2009-09-26 02:52:01 PM
olddeegee: I've got a piece of wood from the USS Constitution.

I don't know if it's worth anything, but it's very cool.


You are not the only one with one of those:

http://www.workingwaterfront.com/articles/USS-Constitution-A-chip-off-the-old- bl ock/13079/

And an auction house had one 5 years ago offered at $100:

http://www.signaturehouse.net/auctions/auction24/text/03-americana.htm
 
2009-09-26 02:56:59 PM
i'll take Lara Spencer for the orgasm.
 
2009-09-26 03:01:49 PM
olddeegee: I've got a piece of wood from the USS Constitution.


I don't know if it's worth anything, but it's very cool.


Cool but not as cool as a piece of wood from the Monitor.
 
2009-09-26 03:06:05 PM
Lanny Budd: My mom has a Stradivarius she bought at a yard sale. It has a paper label pasted inside - you can just make it out through the F-holes - that says "Stradivarius". You can't ask for better than that.

It is the only thing I will inherit, so I am pretty much set for life.


Heh, I got the joke.

I own a music store and have seen thousands and thousands of violins come through and there is always someone that insists they have a Strad. In 15 years I've seen maybe 20 violins that were worth more than $1000 and no I haven't seen a Stradivarius. It is funny to see people insist they have a Strad when the wood looks like lumbar yard plywood reject stock and the purfling is painted on. There are many other fine and very valuable violins/violas/cellos out there though. You never hear about Guarneri but those are up there with the Strads and made in the same time period using that cold slow growth maple.

I have a relatively young Juzek violin here from the 50's I believe that is pretty decent but nothing spectacular and unfortunately in 3/4 size. It would be much more valuable if it was from the 20's. The Smithsonian used to have a website that said "No, you don't have a Stradivarius" and explained why but I don't know if its still up. I have seen a couple $10,000+ bows though.
 
2009-09-26 03:07:41 PM
John Buck 41: //one man's trash is another man's 'antique'
///70 y/o monkey wrenches selling for $70
////suckers


I blame the steampunks.
 
2009-09-26 03:14:06 PM
"Three items are recognized as the most valuable item featured on the American Antiques Roadshow. A Navajo blanket valued at between $350,000 and $500,000, appeared in Tucson, Arizona in 2002 [1], a painting by 19th-century marine artist James Buttersworth valued at between $250,000 and $500,000 appeared on the 10th season premiere episode, filmed in Tampa, Florida in June 2005, and a mid-16th-century Milanese parade helmet crafted from a single sheet of metal and then highlighted with gold, estimated to be worth at least $250,000. A fourth item, which was appraised at one million dollars was a collection of signatures from every Presidential cabinet member from the Washington administration to Franklin Roosevelt. The owner of the collection declined to appear on the show."
Source(s):
wikipedia.org
 
2009-09-26 03:19:12 PM
Hey jeblis,

Was that value of the blanket with or without the smallpox?
 
2009-09-26 03:38:32 PM
T.M.S.: olddeegee: I've got a piece of wood from the USS Constitution.


I don't know if it's worth anything, but it's very cool.

Cool but not as cool as a piece of wood from the Monitor.


I lol'd
 
2009-09-26 03:47:48 PM
zunkus: My mother is really big into antique collecting so one day I'm going to inherit a ton of junk. I'm sure the majority is completely worthless but there has to be a few items worth something.

\cool story huh bros


My mom got into this creepy weird thing with stuffed animals and all. There's a few Beanie Babies around but I doubt they're valuable ones. Plus the cat she got keeps hunting down the Beanie Babies and drowns them in her water dish one by one. Repeatedly.
 
2009-09-26 03:49:18 PM
I picked up a trio of bizarre 3D framed copper art pieces. I can't find the link, but I read somewhere that during the 1800's people used to create copper replicas of Dutch paintings by hammering them into copper/other metals and use them as fireplace screens. They might be fugly, but they're mine. :) Bigger picture here (new window) if you're interested.

farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2009-09-26 04:16:50 PM
How much do they weigh? Current scrap copper price is 2.56 per lb.
 
2009-09-26 04:19:31 PM
They're hollow through the back, so probably 4.5 kg for the big one. I'm not looking to sell them, they amuse me. I wouldn't be surprised if they're worth more as scrap.
 
2009-09-26 04:25:09 PM
I'm amused that your amused but then, I'm easily amused.
 
2009-09-26 04:46:15 PM
Phone_Answering_Monkey: John Buck 41: //one man's trash is another man's 'antique'
///70 y/o monkey wrenches selling for $70
////suckers

I blame the steampunks.


Blame the yuppies who scour antiques market for rusty old farm tools and stuff to hang up in their houses so it looks like they give a shiat about anything that happened more than one paycheck ago.
 
2009-09-26 04:47:47 PM
That show is hypnotizing. If I'm channel surfing and it's on I feel compelled to watch it.
 
2009-09-26 04:54:41 PM
John Buck 41: Meh. I live 2 towns away from Searsport, 'The Antique Capital Of The World'.

//one man's trash is another man's 'antique'
///70 y/o monkey wrenches selling for $70
////suckers


Did somebody say old monkey wrench?

hedman.ca

80 year old Swedish BAHCO wrench. I feel very steampunk when using it. Not for sale though; it was my granddad's.
 
2009-09-26 05:06:21 PM
No Such Agency: Blame the yuppies who scour antiques market for rusty old farm tools and stuff to hang up in their houses so it looks like they give a shiat about anything that happened more than one paycheck ago.

I dunno, if it doesn't have gears on it for no apparent functional reason, or a cleaned up old wrench, it's not steampunk.

/Steampunk birth control probably involves a pipe wrench from 1912
//And leather
///And gears for gears sake
 
2009-09-26 05:11:33 PM
Went to the taping in Des Moines many years ago. Had a nice campout on the sidewalk starting in the morning of the day before and was still a block away from the main doors. I was allowed to bring two items so I brought a couple of really rare automotive realated items a selfwinding steering wheel clock and a new in the box underdash record player. None of the appraisers were familiar with them and had ever seen them before, and they could find nothing in their books for value. So it was a case of stump the apprasier did not make for good TV. It was still rather interesting and worth the wait. If they come back to this area again I will bring some artwork I got from a freind. Nice art deco broze pieces I know nothing about.
 
2009-09-26 05:13:03 PM
I'd like to see Antiques Roadshow tackle gaming miniatures for wargames and roleplaying games. Before some manufacturing companies started going out of business, I figured that my collection was worth maybe $30,000 up until metal spincasters became widely available copies of rare miniatures started showing up in bulk. Now if I'm lucky, my collection is worth $3,000.
Maybe Antiques Roadshow can help by exposing counterfeits.
 
2009-09-26 05:23:39 PM
I've some things I've collected and inherited over the years but, apparently, I and my relatives have and eye for junk. I watch the show from time to time and am sorely disappointed that nothing even close to my 'precious things' ever appears. like the old, gold watch fob and attached pen knife or the ornate, capped, bone bit German made tobacco pipe.

When they start showing the old toys, now and then I pound my head into a wall as I recall the many toys I had as a kid, which got lost, worn out from play or given away. (I'm still wondering what happened to the electric train set I got back in the early 60s.) Especially those toys which, if sold today, would attract legions of lawyers drooling over potential personal injury suites. (The lead melting set for making toy soldiers. The Vac-U-form. Those 50s, pressed metal, assemble it yourself gas stations with the razor edges.)

Now and then, I'll watch them appraise something that's really valuable -- and note the expression on the middle aged, usually borderline obese, obviously well off woman that indicates she's not all that surprised.

I've a jar of old stamps my grandfather collected -- by tearing them off envelopes. The last guy I took them to for appraisal, curtly informed me to steam them off the envelope fragments before he'd look at them. That was 25 years ago. I've tried looking them up myself -- and discovered the enormous mass of stamps out there. Two I was able to identify came up to about $5.00 total. After hours of web browsing and sitting in the library pouring through books on stamps.

So, now they sit in a jar.

The only thing I have that I know is of some value is a tiny bit of gold I found rattling around in the effects of my late uncle. It's about half the size of my little fingernail and my Mother, when I asked her what it was, told me it's dental caps.

Apparently, during the Great Depression, folks not trusting banks, would have gold caps put in, thus securing something of value they could keep safe and cash in later.

I had to put the little thing in a bag within a box just to keep tack of it. I figure a Cash For Gold guy would give me a whole $50 for it.

I don't know what I'd do -- aside from probably having a heart attack -- if something I've got turned out to be worth $50,000.

I got all excited over the discovery of some 'occupation dollars' from WW2 Japan -- American printed currency designed to shore up the Japanese economy and make things simpler until they recovered. Naturally, when I finally found listings for the stuff, it turns out to be worth about $1.00 each.
 
2009-09-26 05:50:59 PM
I have a one of a kind drawing of the Thundercats, personalized and signed by Leonard Starr, the creator. I have no idea if it's worth anything, but it's pretty cool
 
2009-09-26 06:05:36 PM
I liked watching Personal FX: The Collectibles Show , the segment
with the Super Collector was always good.

Cash in the Attic is one I like watching now.
 
2009-09-26 06:14:11 PM
Rik01:
When they start showing the old toys, now and then I pound my head into a wall as I recall the many toys I had as a kid, which got lost, worn out from play or given away. (I'm still wondering what happened to the electric train set I got back in the early 60s.) Especially those toys which, if sold today, would attract legions of lawyers drooling over potential personal injury suites. (The lead melting set for making toy soldiers. The Vac-U-form. Those 50s, pressed metal, assemble it yourself gas stations with the razor edges.).


My uncle redid his attic and turned it into a "museum" of train sets dating back I'm not sure how far. They are all in great condition, I have no idea how much any of it is worth but I know there is a market for such things. It's pretty sweet and very out of character for him as he is typical PTSD vietnam vet pothead guy. Cool dude though.
 
2009-09-26 06:37:31 PM
Gramps has boxes and boxes of comic books from the late 30's to mid 40's in his attic because he ran a dime store during that time and kept everything he didn't sell. The room they're in has been stacked to the ceiling with crap and essentially closed off since the 80's, but he used to toss me a few comics to play with when I came over. It's been 25 years so I couldn't tell you which ones exactly, but I do remember that in some of them Superman could only jump and I read the one where they introduced Robin.

The lot of them are probably worth a good bit these days, but he's a stubborn old depression-era packrat who won't listen to us when we tell him to have an appraiser go through his jam-packed pop culture museum of a farmhouse.
 
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