What do a cup, a glove, and a sampler have in common?
Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
An heirloom mint julep cup created by a Louisville silversmith; a pair of boxing gloves signed twice by Muhammad Ali; and a previous era’s version of “texting”—girls’ embroidered samplers, are just a few of the items featured on upcoming episodes of Antiques Roadshow. What’s more, these items are from the three episodes filmed in Louisville in the summer of 2007. And they are just some of the many fascinating pieces the KET staff got to see as thousands of people lined up for hours on end to get their items appraised with the additional hope of ending up being chosen for the program. All of the KET staff on hand for the filming had seen ARS (it’s only one of the most popular programs we air), but we’d never gotten to see the program behind the scenes. A few of us got to meet the Keno brothers (Leigh and Leslie), several of the appraisers, the producer and director of ARS , and we conducted a KET-viewer survey (you were a captive audience, afterall) that helped us better understand you, our audience. We also got to talk to people as they left the appraisal area and hear all the interesting things the appraisers had to say about their collectibles. It’s a lot of fun meeting someone who has just been told they are the owner of something very rare or expensive or both!
So, mark calendars, set your VCRs and DVRs, and prepare to explore Kentucky.
Louisville (Part 1)
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Mike Gutierrez visit the Muhammad Ali Center to talk about collecting memorabilia of the former world heavyweight champion. At the Kentucky International Convention Center, the finds include a valuable piece of original cover art for the Saturday Evening Post by John Falter, an early 19th-century embroidered silk mourning picture, and an heirloom mint julep cup created by Louisville silversmith William Kendrick.
KET2 Monday, Nov. 2 at 8/7 pm CT
KET1 Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8/7 pm CT
Louisville (Part 2)
At the Civil War battlefield in Perryville, appraiser Rafael Eledge displays some valuable Confederate belt buckles and offers advice on how to avoid falling for a fake. Convention Center finds include a late 18th-century heirloom Kentucky sugar chest; an 1860 rococo revival table whose top sports a painting of Mount Vernon; and a pair of boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali—once as Cassius Clay, in 1963, and again as Muhammad Ali 40 years later.
KET2 Monday, Nov. 9 at 8/7 pm CT
KET1 Thursday, Nov. 12 at 8/7 pm CT
Louisville (Part 3)
At the Louisville headquarters of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, appraiser Nancy Druckman shows host Mark L. Walberg a previous era’s version of “texting”—girls’ embroidered samplers. Finds at the Kentucky International Convention Center include a rare Dirk Van Erp lamp, circa 1910, that was bought for about $100; an exceptionally well preserved 1876 portrait Jumeau doll with all original parts, except hair; and a fortunate Kentucky corner cupboard made of locally grown wood and valued at $8,500.
KET2 Monday, Nov. 16 at 8/7 pm CT
KET1 Thursday, Nov. 19 at 8/7 pm CT