Nashville Public Television’s will host the 2018 Antiques & Fine Arts Appraisal Day Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road.
During the Appraisal Day registered guests will meet with local appraisers and receive a verbal evaluation of their items.
Hopeful treasure hunters are expected to fill the Factory, as they bring in their beloved finds and collectables to have them financially evaluated. The fun in watching the show, besides learning the value of underestimated items, has led to incredible discoveries that have truly surprised their owners with huge financial windfalls. One memorable discovery was the year a woman found her circa 1700 antique small dark wood table worth a half million dollars. Discoveries like this on Antique Roadshow, a popular television show on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) about great antique finds, has also turned Americans into yard sale treasure hunters.
Antiques Roadshow is so popular that it even became an episode of the hit comedy TV series, “Frasier”. In one episode, Frasier’s father had a cherished family heirloom of a hand-carved Russian bear with a clock in its belly, which he took to the visiting Roadshow to be appraised. For a short while, Frasier glowed at the thought of a hefty value being placed on the clock, originally owned by the Russian Royal Family, which also meant that he was a descendant of Russian royalty. Unfortunately, the clock was taken back by the Russian government after informing him that it was stolen during the Russian Revolution by his great–great grandmother, a Russian prostitute.
However, most of the items are not as outlandish as the drama that unfolded in Frasier, but the stories of where the treasures were found or why they are a family heirloom are always interesting, and the surprised looks the owners have when they get an especially good value, make it great viewing.
Appraisal Day tickets are $75 for up to three items; $150 for up to six items and are available for either the morning (9 to 11 a.m.) or afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.) session. Attendees may bring items on their own or team up with friends to bring three or six items.
All proceeds from Appraisal Day directly support NPT’s engaging and educational programming for the entire Middle Tennessee community. In addition, in-home appraisals are available at $1,000 each by calling NPT at 615-259-9325.
Accepted items include: Asian items; books; Civil War items; clocks; coins and currency; collectables; documents; English china; European antiques; fine art; fine jewelry; folk art; furniture*; glass; antique firearms; jewelry; knick-knacks; letters and papers; maps; medals; militaria; model trains; musical instruments; paintings; pop culture; porcelain; posters; pottery; prints; radios; records; sculpture; silver; Southern decorative arts; sporting goods; textiles (quilts, samplers, etc.); toys; trading cards; Victrola’s; vintage costume jewelry and watches. Firearms must be unloaded and disarmed. For large items, photographs are acceptable.
But, please no arrowheads, burial material, Pre-Columbian items, ammunition or items that cannot be easily transported by one person.
*For furniture, clear and in-focus photographs of large items are acceptable and should include an image showing the item’s size or scale and one offering an overall view of the item. Additional photographs should show close-ups of details such as signatures or maker’s marks, the inside of a drawer, and/or any damaged areas, etc.
For more information, visit wnpt.org/antiques.
Editor's Note: The print edition of this article previously said that Appraisal Day was affiliated with the poplar 'Antiques Roadshow' on PBS, which it is not. The Herald regrets the error.