questionsdo you have any "treasure" that you would take to…


Do my original NES systems count? Thats about the only thing I have that has any age to it.


Well, I'd need a truck, but sure. I'm currently trying to remember to take photos of some recent Asian paintings on silk I won at an auction, so that I can have a friend who lives in Beijing help me with them. There are some items that would be fun to take there, but to be truthful, I usually know how much something I have is worth.

I love that show. I enjoy the end of it very much, too, when all the people that weren't featured have a chance at their few moments of glory.

It's been near me a couple of times, but I really hate crowds, and will do almost anything to avoid them. For those that are genuinely interested in how much an item is worth, here's my favorite PBS link:

Yep. It's the list of appraisers. They're not sorted by specific expertise, which is too bad. I have other lists, too.

@ohcheri, do you have items of your own that made you think of this?

Tags (ok-mods-tag-this). :-D


@shrdlu: They were really close to me recently but the tickets were on a lottery type system and I didn't get picked :-(

I wish I had some cool stuff. I have moved around so much and I'm terrible about saving things. So many things that I have thrown away or gave away so I could travel light...I can't think about it or I will be sad. It's genetic, which means my family doesn't have any old things either.


I did have a few things, but a total fire loss in 1985 purged me of them. I gave up after that.


@ohcheri: I'm so very sorry. I have the opposite problem. I am overwhelmed sometimes with things that belonged to my mother, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother. I have family albums of photographs that I keep meaning to scan in, and type up who they are, and when the pictures were taken. In many cases, I'm the only one alive who still knows. I can understand why my aunt donated many things to an historical society, years ago. My mother was upset about it, but really, they're being preserved, and appreciated, in a way that they would not have been, put away in a cedar chest.

I have many antiques that I've purchased because they were beautiful. I don't think I've ever bought something because I thought it would be valuable down the road. For every person on the roadshow that hears an item they've collected is immensely valuable, there are hundreds who discover that it's interesting, but worthless.

We're a good match, you and I. I'm overwhelmed with the past.


I have a 100 year old Victrola Model XVI in near mint condition (without ever being restored) that I would like to have appraised sometime.


@eraten: Hah! I can always do 100 years or older. Here's a good start for your item.

Your particular version (XVI) is desirable. There are more specifics on that page, where you can see what other details you have that will make it perhaps more desirable. One hopes it is mahogany or walnut. I love the truly old things.


@jsimsace: I am so sorry to hear that. I've never lost anything to fire myself but my sister lost everything twice. I know how heartbreaking that can be.


@shrdlu: I think interesting is valuable than "valuable" if you know what I mean.


My sister and I have been trying for years to get tickets. We know the value of most of the things in the family but one item we need appraised. I live 3 hours away from Ken Farmer's shop in Radford, Va so I'll probably take them there.

My mom worked at Cypress Gardens and was a spokesperson (model) for Jansen sportswear in the '50's. She knew the publisher (?) of Esquire magazine. There was a display of hand carved figurines in the lobby of the magazine that were of Paul Webb's " Mountain Boys" comic strip. She bought them for $100. According to the story, the publisher got fired, mom offered to return them but he got a better job at Playboy and told her to keep them. Don't know how much is actually true but we have the "Mountain Boys". Someday I'll take them to Radford for Mr. Farmer to appraise.

No nasty comments or insinuations about my mother...They were chaperoned back in the day.


Somewhere at my parents house I have a bunch of old glass coca cola bottles. Not expecting them to be worth a ton, but I figure some collector somewhere would be willing to pay a decent amount for them. I grabbed them from the storage area of an old nursery that a former employer was moving into and cleaning out. I thought it was pretty neat because one of them had a stamp on the bottom that said it was from my hometown, just a tiny little speck on the map north of Chattanooga.


@eraten: I have an original condition, mahogany Victrola too. I have a ton of records to go with it. My family members were packrats and I love the old stuff. My most prized possessions are my leather bound book sets (Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, etc.).


I had the original comic book with the first appearance of the X-Men (even in the 60's I was a geek), and it was worn but intact when last I saw it. It was in my mother's attic which is a terrifying place to visit so it might just have to stay there.

My family were dirt poor farmers so I doubt that any of the things I have from them are worth much, but MIL has a treasure trove of items that have been handed down since they came over from England. There are autographed first editions of a number of books, silver items handed down through 7 or 8 generations, and a grandfather clock that all of DH's siblings are claiming as their inheritance (it has a sterling silver face). Just the kind of stuff the Antiques Roadshow folks love.

Of course, if I could find that darned origins of the X-men comic, I could probably get more money than all of MILs stuff together!


I have some great old stuff, but the one item I would bring, more to find out about it, because I am am just so curious about they mystery of it. It is a small ladies pendant watch, in solid gold, unadorned. The weird thing is , when I took out a powerful loupe, later, at home, it is literally covered with haphazard writing. Random strings of letters and numbers, about 20, six digit strings. These are not any sort of model number, and are clearly put on freehand, and going in different planes. We always joke that it belonged to Mata Hari.


@pickypickypicky: That sounds really cool! Have you tried running any of the writing through Google?


@ohcheri: Great idea! I got it pre-computer, and never thought to. I have to dig it up and try that. It'll be the formula for Coke, or something.


Man, this thread is going to keep me up nights...well, at least make me think about it. I love researching items like some of those mentioned. I have huge resources (many of them are just knowing the right person to ask to do the research).

For the comic book that's well worn, it may not be valuable now, or at least not very much. Most collectors will want mint, or at least near perfect, condition. For the dirt poor farmers situation, you might be very surprised as to what is or is nor valuable. Some farming implements are quite prized by collectors. Certain butter churns are a good example.

Very old Coca Cola bottles are quite valuable (well, more than $50 per bottle, anyway).

Hand carved figures, signed, carved by someone known? Good. Random hand carvings, undefined. Personally, I would keep them forever because they have far more meaning to you than to some random stranger.

I would love to see pix of the watch.

Best question today. :-D Thanks, @ohcheri!


Not really an antique but I do have a copy of The Doors Other Voices that is still sealed.


gewoodworth, Estill Springs, perhaps? Took a couple of things to the show in KC a few years ago. My trinkets are worth a great deal to me, not so much to anyone else. The experience was of going was fabulous, though. A lot of people and so many curiosities. Want to go again!


@heartlandbaker: The bottle stamp was for Dayton, TN. I don't remember about the others...I think there was a Rome, GA and a Chattanooga, TN in there.