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Antiques Roadshow : San Antonio, Texas - Hour Two

Airs Monday, July 11, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV


Credit: Courtesy of ©WGBH/Jeff Dunn

Above: At "Antiques Roadshow" in San Antonio, Texas, this man brings in a gigantic Texas desk and bookcase, circa 1850. After a careful examination, appraiser Dean Failey of Christie's connects this piece to the growing population of German cabinetmakers in Texas during the 1840s. The proud owner stands tall next to this formidable piece of furniture, as Failey estimates its value at $7,000 to $10,000.

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Behind the Scenes in San Antonio, Texas

View photos from "Roadshow's" visit to San Antonio, Texas on July 14, 2007.

In San Antonio, "Antiques Roadshow" 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.

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