Stories for July 10, 2011
In San Antonio, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Beth Szecila visit the Witte Museum’s collection of horn furniture, a craft popularized in 19th-century America by Texas maker Wenzel Friedrich. Highlights include: a controversial silver statue of St. Catherine that could be a fabulously valuable medieval masterpiece — or a 17th-century copy; an early 19th-century heirloom needlepoint sampler from a Newport, Rhode Island, ancestor; and a massive desk and bookcase, made in the mid-19th-century German-Texan tradition, valued at $7,000 to $10,000.
Reenactors fire a mid-19th-century cannon at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to punctuate a discussion of collecting antique cannon artillery. Discoveries include an 1826 Tennessee hunting horn; a Regency cellarette once owned by the poet Lord Byron; and an heirloom necklace whose centerpiece is a five-carat diamond, valued at $250,000.