For what it's worth

PBS' `Antiques Roadshow' stops in Baltimore, and for some, it's richly satisfying

January 07, 2008|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC

A snowscape painting purchased for $150 is now valued at $70,000, and the owner cannot stop giggling when she gets the news - until she literally loses her breath and starts to gasp for air.

A Kwakiutl ceremonial mask bought for $4,000 by a guy who sounds like a real wheeler-dealer is appraised at only $2,000 - it's not authentic - and the suddenly speechless owner looks as if he's been punched in the gut.

On TV Antiques Roadshow airs at 8 tonight on MPT, Channels 22/67. Additional Baltimore shows air Jan. 14 and Jan. 21.

DISCOVERED TREASURES

Plains Indians Collection

On the segment that airs today, appraiser Doug Diehl examines four American Indian artifacts passed down from the owner's great-grandfather, who ran a government store in Nebraska. This rare collection includes a buffalo rawhide bag, an intricately beaded bag, an elk antler quirt with a buffalo hide lash and a delicately crafted elk horn scraper.

Metcalf painting

During next week's episode, a man brings a painting he almost stepped on while rummaging through the attic of his wife's late grandfather's house. The painting is by W. L. Metcalf, one of America's premier Impressionist landscape painters.

Johnny Unitas World Championship jacket

On next week's show, a man (below) bring in a World Championship jacket that once belonged to Baltimore Colts star Johnny Unitas. The jacket dates to the 1958 championship game between the Colts and the New York Giants. Often referred to as "the greatest game ever played," it was the first NFL match to go into sudden-death overtime and is said to have sparked the rise in popularity of professional football in the 1960s.

Violin and Bow

In a show later this month, a woman finds out a violin and bow her husband acquired for a Washington shop is rooted to his history. Appraiser Fred Oster of Vintage Instrument's Inc. recognizes the instrument's unique construction and materials as the work of Nicolas Lupot, appointed violinmaker to King Louis XVIII in Paris in 1815. He identifies the accompanying low as a 19th-century piece by Dominique Peccatte, one of history's most influential bow-makers

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