ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Collection

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Part adventure, part history lesson, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is PBS’s highest-rated series. In each episode, some of the country’s leading specialists offer free appraisals of historic antiques and collectibles as the cameras capture tales of family heirlooms and yard-sale bargains. These objects can tell us much about life in the past and often are tied to significant historical events and personalities. To search the full appraisal video archive, visit ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

  • Antiques Roadshow | Artifacts from a Civil War Classroom

    Learn about a teacher who traveled from Iowa to Louisiana in 1864 to teach at a school for young black children during the Civil War in this excerpt from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. After the Union took over the plantations in Louisiana, Susan Carhart Tallman, the wife of a Union officer, came to Baton Rouge to serve as a teacher to 48 pupils at one of the schools that was created under the protection of the Board of Education for Freedmen—a division of the U.S. Army. Mrs. Tallman documented the conditions at the school, created annotated sketches of students, and kept a record of the subjects taught and a log of student attendance. This documentation reflects a rare first-person account of the Freedmen schools that played a crucial role in America’s journey from slavery to freedom. This resource is part of the Antiques Roadshow Collection

    Grades: 8-12
  • Antiques Roadshow | 1852 Merriam & Moore Celestial Globe

    Investigate and analyze the history of celestial globe-making to understand how models were used to observe, predict, and explain patterns in the sky, in this video from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Before modern telescopes and space travel, people used globes to explore patterns in the sky. Celestial globe makers used special techniques to represent objects in the sky as they appear from Earth. The 19th-century American celestial globe featured here reflects the unique cultural and scientific understanding of the universe at that time. This resource is part of the Antiques Roadshow Collection

    Grades: 6-8
  • Antiques Roadshow | Amelia Earhart Letter Archive, ca. 1930

    Analyze and interpret the letters of Amelia Earhart to understand her role in shaping her own image, and the image of 20th-century aviation, in this video from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. As this collection of eight letters and telegrams show, Earhart had an “incredible entrepreneurial spirit” that extended into many areas of her life, which helped make her an important figure in both women’s and aviation history. This resource is part of the Antiques Roadshow Collection.  

    Grades: 7-9
  • Antiques Roadshow | Pocket Map of California, ca. 1853

    Rare books and manuscripts appraiser Martin Gammon examines a map that the owner’s great grandfather, a 49er (miner in the 1800s), used to prospect for gold in this video produced for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. The early rendition of the Britton and Rey map depicts, more accurately than others of its time, the border region between California with what was called Utah, now Nevada. Very few of the maps survived because they were generally carried in the pockets of miners.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Antiques Roadshow | 1960 Signed Mercury 7 Photograph & Paperwork

    Collectibles appraiser Philip Weiss examines an autographed photograph of the original Mercury 7 astronauts in this video produced for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. The photograph was given to the owner by his father, the air force doctor who completed a medical evaluation on the original 8 astronauts, including William Douglas, who did not ultimately go into space. The photo is supported by the typed itinerary of the examination completed by owner’s father on the astronauts. This resource is part of the Antiques Roadshow Collection

    Grades: 8-12
  • Antiques Roadshow | Late-Period Egyptian Bronze Falcon

    Antiquities appraiser Max Bernheimer examines a beautifully cast bronze falcon in this video produced for Antiques Roadshow. The falcon was sacred to the God Horace and the cast, created during ancient Egypt's Late Period, contains in the hollowed interior, remnants of a falcon mummy. The falcon sports exquisite details in its feathers and eyes, as well as hieroglyphic markings which would have named the dedicant-- the person who gave the piece. Despite the falcon's broken tail, its value is still quite high.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Antiques Roadshow | Three Japanese Swords

    In 1603, the Tokugawa family came to power as the rulers of Japan. Three samurai swords worn during this time, also known as the Edo period, are discussed by Asian Arts appraiser Dessa Goddard in this video produced for Antiques Roadshow. The swords, that have been in the United States since 1898, include a daisho set: a katana and a wakizashi, two swords mounted together and worn by a mid-level samurai. In addition to the set there is a court sword, bearing symbols that make it a highly unusual piece.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Antiques Roadshow | Late 19th-Century American Indian Clothing

    In this video from Antiques Roadshow, tribal arts appraiser Douglas Deihl looks at a collection of American Indian clothing and objects dating back to the 1880s and 1890s. The adolescent child's dress, moccasins, knife saber case and pipe bag were a gift to the superintendent of the Wichita National Grasslands in Oklahoma, who in 1930 removed a group of ranchers illegally grazing their animals in Indian territory. The artifacts represent several tribes, including Sioux, Cheyenne and Assiniboine, and exhibit fine detail, colorful symbols and exceptional craftsmanship.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Antiques Roadshow | Eliza Law Custis Lap Desk, ca. 1795

    A lady's lap desk once belonging to the granddaughter of Martha Washington is the subject of this video from Antiques Roadshow. A gift from the Marquis de Lafayette, an ally of the Americans during the Revolutionary War, the French desk, still holds original papers from the 1820s written by the Washingtons' granddaughter, Eliza Parke Custis. An inscribed plaque confirms that Eliza Custis gave this piece to her daughter, Eliza Law, in 1823. The appraiser is decorative arts expert, C. Wesley Cowan.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Antiques Roadshow | Mid-20th-Century Denim Levi's Advertising Banner

    Founded in 1853, Levi Strauss and Company revolutionized the blue jeans industry by reinforcing the denim with copper rivets. In this video produced for Antiques Roadshow, collectibles appraiser Rudy Franchi looks at a 1950s oversize banner, silkscreened on denim fabric, promoting Levi's jeans and commemorating the history of the company. The banner originally hung in a general merchandise store in Camp Verde, Arizona.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Antiques Roadshow | Country Store Journals, ca. 1895

    In this video from Antiques Roadshow, Ken Gloss, appraiser of books and manuscripts, discusses the value of a group of journals, ledgers and logbooks kept by a Norwegian immigrant and owner of a Walle Township, North Dakota country store. Dating between 1893 and 1895, these books reveal details of the rural lives of townspeople who lived on the prairie at a time when the Dakotas had just become a state. The ledgers also provide fascinating insight into the immigrant experience.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Antiques Roadshow | Andy Warhol Napkin Drawing, ca. 1983

    The subject of this video produced for Antiques Roadshow is a food-stained napkin with doodles of butterflies signed by the late, 20th Century pop-artist Andy Warhol. The napkin may have come from Diana Vreeland, one of Warhol's closest friends back in 1983 and 1984. Kathleen Guzman, appraiser of paintings and drawings, appears confident that the signature is genuine and suggests an astonishing value for the napkin if the owner were to get it authenticated by the Andy Warhol Foundation.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Antiques Roadshow | Pioneer Packard Toy Pedal Car

    In this video produced for Antiques Roadshow, toys and games expert Noel Barret looks at a toy pedal car made in 1914 by Pioneer, a leading toy manufacturer of the time. A miniature replica of the luxury cars being produced at that time by The Packard Motor Company, this toy is in beautiful condition, though Barret points out that collectors may value it less than they would a 1920s model with fenders.

    Grades: 8-12

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