Above: A collection of Charles Darwin first-editions, including an 1830s collection of “The Voyage of the Beagle,” an 1859 “On the Origin of Species,” and an 1871 “The Descent of Man.” Appraiser Francis Wahlgren offers an insurance value of $80,000 for “The Voyage of the Beagle,” $4,000 for “The Descent of Man,” and $200,000 for “On the Origin of Species,” giving this collection a combined insurance value of $284,000.
Friday, February 21, 2014
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. Mark L. Walberg hosts.
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Behind the Scenes in Pittsburgh
View photos from ROADSHOW's visit to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 13, 2011.
"Pittsburgh, Pa." (Hour Two) - Against the formidable backdrop of Pittsburgh’s former Homestead Steel Works, appraiser Peter Shemonsky shows host Mark L. Walberg strikingly delicate examples of centuries-old jewelry fashioned out of steel and iron.
Highlights include a 6.5 carat yellow mine cut diamond ring kept for years in a sock drawer; a North American Indian club and pipe the owner believes belonged to Sitting Bull; and three Charles Darwin first editions, including an 1830s collection of "The Voyage of the Beagle," an 1859 "On the Origin of Species," and an 1871 "The Descent of Man," insured at $284,000.
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Field Segment: Steel Jewelry
Against the formidable backdrop of Pittsburgh's former Homestead Steel Works, appraiser Peter Shemonsky shows host Mark L. Walberg strikingly delicate examples of centuries-old jewelry fashioned out of steel and iron.
Appraisal: Three Charles Darwin First Editions, ca. 1830
In Pittsburgh Hour 2, Francis J. Wahlgren appraises three Charles Darwin first editions, ca. 1830. Watch the appraisal and find out how much it's worth!
Owner Interview: Charles Darwin First Editions
Cliff, the owner of three Charles Darwin first editions, spoke with us after his appraisal in Pittsburgh about how his feelings towards the rare books evolved after learning that they are worth $143,000-$284,000!
Appraisal: French Carved & Gilded Mirror, ca. 1780
Check out Ken Farmer's appraisal of a French carved & gilded mirror, ca. 1780, from Pittsburgh Hour 2.
Appraisal: North American Indian Club & Pipe, ca. 1890
Watch Linda Dyer's appraisal of a North American Indian club & pipe, ca. 1890, from Pittsburgh Hour 2.
Web Appraisal: German Painted Tin Toys, ca. 1915
Noel Barrett appraises two hand-painted tin clown toys, ca. 1915, but he doesn't clown around when he says that they are in excellent paint-condition and could fetch a couple thousand dollars at auction.