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Antiques Roadshow: Unique Antiques

Airs Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: At "Antiques Roadshow" in Charleston, South Carolina, twin appraisers Leigh (left) and Leslie Keno, of Leigh Keno American Antiques and Sotheby's respectively, can easily relate to this strikingly unique treasure: a chair once belonging to Chang Bunker, the owner's great-grandfather and half of the 19th-century's world famous conjoined twins, Chang and Eng. The Kenos estimate the chair's value at $10,000 to $12,000.

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.

At ANTIQUES ROADSHOW in Seattle, Washington, this local man brings a unique collection of tin cans from the 1880's. Discovered underneath a home he was remodeling in an old mining town in Colorado, the cans were left behind by workers who originally built the home in 1882 and feature remarkably well-preserved chromolithograph labels. Appraiser Rudy Franchi of Heritage Galleries estimates the collection at $10,000 to $14,000.
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Above: At ANTIQUES ROADSHOW in Seattle, Washington, this local man brings a unique collection of tin cans from the 1880's. Discovered underneath a home he was remodeling in an old mining town in Colorado, the cans were left behind by workers who originally built the home in 1882 and feature remarkably well-preserved chromolithograph labels. Appraiser Rudy Franchi of Heritage Galleries estimates the collection at $10,000 to $14,000.

“Unique Antiques” showcases some of the most outlandish, kitschy and downright morbidly fascinating antiques and collectibles of the series’ last decade. Warning: These objects have been appraised by trained professionals; don’t try this at home!

Highlights include a Weller pottery humidor in the shape of a skull; a chair once belonging to Chang Bunker, the owner’s great-grandfather and half of the 19th-century’s world famous conjoined twins, Chang and Eng; and a collection of tin cans salvaged from a 19th-century dump and valued at $10,000 to $14,000.

This episode originally aired in 2007.

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Unique Antiques: Anna Pottery Pig, ca. 1885

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Watch Coming Monday, October 29, at 8/7C, Unique Antiques on PBS. See more from Antiques Roadshow.

Above: This pottery pig flask might look like a practical joke waiting to happen, but appraiser Nick Dawes isn't kidding around when he delivers an astonishing appraisal value in this preview from "Unique Antiques."