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Antiques Roadshow: Mobile, Ala. - Hour One

Airs Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

The Mobile Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center, located at One South Water Str...

Credit: Courtesy of Mobile Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center

Above: The Mobile Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center, located at One South Water Street, Mobile, Ala. 36602.

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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In Mobile, Alabama, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark Walberg and appraiser David Rago visit the Mobile Museum of Art. The museum has been the temporary home and haven to a collection of George Ohr pottery rescued from the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

At the Mobile Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center, there's a whirlwind of great finds, including a lap desk given to Martha Washington's granddaughter by the Marquis de Lafayette; a watch once belonging to baseball great Leroy "Satchel" Paige, bought at a pawnshop for $25; and a strikingly beautiful vase - created by legendary ceramicist George Ohr and brought to ROADSHOW by one of Ohr's great-grandchildren - valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

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In this preview from Mobile, Alabama (Hour One), Leigh Keno thinks outside the box when valuing a rather ordinary looking wooden chest.

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