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Airs Monday, November 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Andrew Brunk (right) appraises a New Orleans Chess Table, ca. 1870, that endured through Hurricane Katrina and is valued at $3,000-$5,000. in the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW special "Survivors."

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.

"Survivors" - Every antique is a survivor, but considering some have made it through exceptionally dangerous circumstances, it is amazing they survived at all.

In this special episode, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW highlights amazing tales of rescues, near misses, and beating the odds with treasures that have endured wars, natural disasters, fires and more. A French Blue John urn that remains largely intact despite multiple gunshots is appraised for $3,000 to $5,000.

Other highlights include a New Orleans Chess Table that held strong through Hurricane Katrina and hotel stationary — bearing the names of three of the four Beatles — that escaped a fiery end.

Miss last week's show? Catch up on your appraisal watching in the ROADSHOW Archive. Search by city, episode, season, and more! ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is on Facebook, and you can follow @RoadshowPBS on Twitter.

Appraisal: New Orleans Chess Table, ca. 1870

Watch Andrew Brunk's appraisal of a New Orleans chess table, ca. 1870 from Biloxi Hour 2.


Appraisal: French Blue John Urn, ca. 1800

Above: In Spokane (Hour One), Jeni Sandberg appraises a French Blue John urn, ca. 1800.