Antiques Roadshow "Milwaukee Part 1" on WXXI-TV

Mon, 08/16/2010 - 8:00pm

The piece is a classic example of New York 18th-century design and cabinetmaking and even has a secret drawer for hiding valuables. One question remains: Have the top and bottom been "married," or is the entire piece original? Pending further investigation, the Kenos offer a range of auction values from $20,000 to $250,000.

Credit: Jeff Dunn for WGBH

Featuring an 18th-century desk and bookcase passed down to the owner from his great-grandfather, a former governor of Connecticut.

Antiques Roadshow kicks off its visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the city's traditional German Fest, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst soak up the atmosphere and talk about collectible German beer steins.

Antiques Roadshow "Milwaukee Part 1" airs Monday, August 16 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

At the Midwest Airlines Center, collectors are thirsty for information about such treasures as a 1952 Fender Esquire guitar, prized by country and western musicians; a late 19th-century child's sled in the shape of a swan, considered a rare piece of American folk sculpture; and a cliffhanger: an 18th-century desk and bookcase passed down to the owner from his great-grandfather, a former governor of Connecticut, that could be worth as much as $250,000 — or $20,000 if the two pieces are determined to be "married."

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.