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Antiques Roadshow; Providence, RI (2006)


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Antiques Roadshow
Providence, RI (2006)
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ROADSHOW is part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt. Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation, travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras watch as owners recount tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-neglected items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truth about these finds. Series hosT 100-400: Chris Jussel; Series hosT 5-600: Dan Elias. Series release date: 1997

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark Walberg welcomes viewers to Providence, Rhode Island, where he and appraiser Chris Mitchell head for the Ocean State's storied coastline and onward to Rose Island Lighthouse near Newport for a look at Naval collectibles.

1013, 5/8/2006: Gold-leaf rooster weathervane appraised by Ernest DuMouchelle, of DuMouchelle Art Galleries in Detroit, Michigan.

Thirty-five years ago, John, the owner of this gold-leaf rooster weathervane, rescued it from the demolition heap. Tempted to re-gild the rooster, John brought it to an artisan who cautioned him strongly against tampering with its gold-leaf finish. Luckily, John took his advice. Appraiser Ernest DuMouchelle praised John for having the wisdom to keep the weathervane's original, distressed finish: "If you were to take and refinish this, you would have ruined the value on it." Ernest appraised the weathervane at $30,000; John had paid just $325 for it.

Field trip: Naval Swords and Dirks: Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation

1014, 5/15/2006: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW continues its visit to Providence, Rhode Island, home of the renowned culinary school at Johnson and Wales University. Mark Walberg and appraiser J. Michael Flanigan meet at the school's archives and museum to sink their teeth into the world of vintage kitchen collectibles.

Rudolph and Santa characters appraised by Simeon Lipman, of New York City.

George from Long Beach, New York brought two very familiar faces to the ROADSHOW: Rudolph and Santa Claus. When George's aunt worked for Rankin/Bass Productions in the 1970s and 1980s, she acquired all of the production puppets from the 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Simeon explained that the watching of this film has become a Christmas tradition for many. Rudolph and Santa are iconic, and on a totally different level from a collectible toy. At the thought of appraising them, Simeon declared, "putting a value on this is like putting a price on Christmas. You can't do that, can you?" He gave it a shot anyway and valued them at no less than $8,000 to $10,000 at auction.

Field Trip: Kitchen Collectibles: Culinary Archives and Museum at Johnson and Wales University

1015, 5/22/2006: Mark Walberg visits the Providence Jewelry Museum in nearby Cranston and discovers Providence once was the costume jewelry capital of the world. Appraiser Joyce Jonas offers a primer of the vintage "fabulous fake" jewelry market, including such famous brands as Chanel, Dior, and Schiaparelli — all made in Providence.

Chinese scholar's mountain appraised by Dessa Goddard of Bonhams and Butterfields in San Francisco, California.

Lynn from Glastonbury, Connecticut brought a family treasure to the ROADSHOW in Providence. Her husband's grandfather had brought the small, ornate artifact back from Asia. Dessa Goddard explained that the artifact was known as a Chinese scholar's stone or scholar's mountain, and was created sometime in the 18th century. The scholar would place the stone on his desk to help envision himself in nature. These stones were normally carved out of jade, but Lynn's is made of malachite, making her stone especially rare. Dessa gave the stone an appraisal of $30,000 to $50,000 and cautioned Lynn not to clean it.

Harriet Frishmuth sculpture appraised by Eric Silver of Lillian Nassau, in New York City.

Wendy, whose father gave her the bronze piece from his collection before he passed away, brought it to the ROADSHOW not quite knowing what it was. Eric assured her that it was, in fact, a hood ornament made for a car, created by an American artist named Harriet Frishmuth. Wendy's hood ornament was signed and dated 1923, which was the high point of Frishmuth's career. Eric Silver noted the good condition of Wendy's bronze ornament and stunned her with an appraisal of $20,000 to $30,000, due to the popularity of both the artist and the hood ornament market.

Field Trip: Costume Jewelry: The Providence Jewelry Museum



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Moreno, Aida (Series Producer)
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