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Antiques Roadshow: Providence, R.I.- Hour Three

Airs Monday, April 30, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV


Credit: Jeff Dunn for WGBH

Above: At "Antiques Roadshow" in Providence, Rhode Island, appraiser Eric Silver of Lillian Nassau, New York, spots this bronze figure of a woman, dated 1923. Inherited from her father, who collected bronzes, the owner (shown) put the item to good use as a paperweight; she's stunned to learn that the sleek object is actually an automobile hood ornament crafted by renowned American artist Harriet Frishmuth - a student of Auguste Rodin - valued at $20,000 to $30,000.

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 truths about these finds.

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In this episode, "Antiques Roadshow" continues its stop in Providence, Rhode Island, where host Mark Walberg visits the Providence Jewelry Museum in nearby Cranston and discovers that 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.

Appraisers at the Rhode Island Convention Center sift through baubles, bangles, beads and bric-a-brac to discover such gems as a much-sought-after collection of 20th-century Remington ammunition-themed calendars; a remarkable set of prints by Rembrandt and Albrecht Durer, purchased by the owner's father for a song; and a 1923 bronze automobile hood ornament, crafted by Harriet Frishmuth, renowned American artist and student of Auguste Rodin, valued at $20,000 to $30,000.

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Antiques Roadshow: Providence: Yale Football Banners

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Watch Coming Up Monday, April 30th, at 9/8C, Providence, Hour 3 on PBS. See more from Antiques Roadshow.

In a preview from Providence (Hour 3), Philip Weiss appraises two Yale University football banners that were awarded to the team in 1891, after a championship game that drew a crowd of 40,000 people.

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