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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Billings, Mont. - Hour Two

Airs Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

In Billings, Montana, this guest’s surprise was reflected in the housewarming...

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Above: In Billings, Montana, this guest’s surprise was reflected in the housewarming gift she’d been using as a mirror. Appraiser John Hays revealed the object is a rare, circa 1825 fire-gilt French plateau, or serving tray. The value? A very appetizing $50,000 to $70,000.

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.

Behind the Scenes in Billings

View photos from ROADSHOW'S visit to Billings, Montana on Saturday, June 26, 2010.

"Billings, Mont." (Hour Two) - Surrounded by the spectacular scenery of a Montana ranch, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser John Sollo explore the works of Thomas Molesworth, a significant figure in the popularization of rustic, Western-style furnishings.

Highlights from Billings, Montana include a 19th-century Japanese suit of armor; an 1874 oil painting by noted Swiss artist Luigi Rossi; and a unique housewarming gift — a circa 1825 Parisian gilt bronze plateau (serving tray) valued at $50,000 to $70,000.

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Appraisal: Frazer Axle Grease Advertising Sign, ca. 1900

Mark Moran appraises a Frazer Axle Grease advertising sign, ca. 1900, from Billings Hour 2.

Appraisal: New York Empire Card Table, ca. 1825

Karen Keane appraises a New York Empire card table, ca. 1825, from Billings Hour 2.

Appraisal: Yankees Signed Baseball & Huggins Letters

Leila Dunbar appraises a Yankees signed baseball and Huggins letters, from Billings Hour 2.

Appraisal: 1963 Gibson SG Special Guitar

David Bonsey appraises a 1963 Gibson SG Special guitar, from Billings Hour 2.

Appraisal: 1874 Luigi Rossi Oil Painting

Kathleen Harwood appraises an 1874 Luigi Rossi oil painting, from Billings Hour 2.

Appraisal: Regency Gilt Bronze Plateau, ca. 1825

John A. Hays appraises a Regency gilt bronze plateau, ca. 1825, from Billings Hour 2.

Web Appraisal: Disney Animation Cell

Mark Moran appraises an animation cell of "The Three Caballeros," which was given as a gift by Walt Disney himself!

Bonus Footage: Molesworth Chandelier

Looking at more by Molesworth, appraiser John Sollo sheds some light on a rare and very valuable Molesworth chandelier - only online!

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