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Antiques Roadshow: Mobile, Ala. - Hour Three

Airs Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

In Mobile, Alabama, appraiser Ken Farmer of Ken Farmer Auctions spots this ye...

Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Dunn for WGBH

Above: In Mobile, Alabama, appraiser Ken Farmer of Ken Farmer Auctions spots this yellow pine Shenandoah Valley paint-decorated blanket chest, a folk art treasure passed down to the owner from her grandfather. Because of its rarity and elaborate decoration, Farmer offers an insurance estimate of $60,000.

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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Experts' Library

No doubt about it, our experts are extremely knowledgeable. But they also have a secret weapon — a backstage library of reference materials covering an abundance of topics from all areas of the antiques and collectibles world. In case you'd like to get your hands on some of these tools of the trade, we've created a full listing organized by category.

In Mobile, Alabama, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ken Farmer tour the Mobile Medical Museum, with its intriguing medical instruments, quack devices and items devoted to medical history spanning three centuries.

At Mobile's Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center, the excitement is contagious when ROADSHOW experts discover a highly desirable Confederate army belt buckle; an archive of letters and documents from Franklin Delano Roosevelt bought at an estate sale for $5; and a beautiful circa 1850 Virginia painted chest, estimated to be worth $60,000.

View a slideshow for an up-close look at costume watercolor paintings created in the early 19th century by French artist Jules Maré.

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