August 4, 2006
An event popular among collectors - the Public Broadcasting Service's Antiques Roadshow - is scheduled to stop over at the Convention Center in Philadelphia tomorrow. At Roadshow events, appraisers value objects brought in by members of the public. According to a PBS spokeswoman, 20,000 people applied for the 6,000 tickets available, and all tickets were distributed through a lottery. No tickets will be available at the door. PBS expects to air the program some time early next year.
November 29, 2012 |
WENDELL D. GARRETT, a historian and authority on American decorative arts who was widely known for his appearances as an appraiser on the long-running PBS series "Antiques Roadshow," has died. He was 83. Garrett died Nov. 14 of natural causes at a hospice facility in Williston, Vt., where he had moved recently from Manhattan. His former wife, Elisabeth Garrett Widmer, confirmed his death Monday. Known for his broad expertise, courtly manner and delight in sharing knowledge, Garrett appeared on every season of the American version of "Antiques Roadshow" since its launch in 1997.
March 16, 2001 |
Two military antiques experts, who were dropped from the Antiques Roadshow television program last year after producers said they faked an on-air appraisal, were charged with fraud yesterday by a federal grand jury. Charged are Russell Pritchard 3d of Bryn Mawr, a nationally known expert on antique ordnance, and fellow expert and business partner George Juno, of Allentown. The charges state that the pair staged two phony appraisals taped in 1996 for the popular PBS program. The indictment also accuses them of defrauding two owners of Civil War artifacts by appraising the items for far less than they were worth, and then reselling them for much more.
May 16, 2001 |
An expert on military antiques and weapons yesterday admitted staging two appraisals on the popular Antiques Roadshow program to boost his reputation through national television exposure. George Juno pleaded guilty in federal court to one count each of mail fraud and wire fraud and two counts of lying while testifying under oath in a federal court deposition. Juno, 40, of Allentown, also agreed to work with prosecutors and will become the government's key witness in the trial of codefendant Russell Pritchard 3d, who with Juno ran a Bryn Mawr-based antique-ordnance appraisal service.
September 1, 2012 |
Collecting travel posters is as much about historical evaluation as it is about aesthetic appreciation. Certainly, the vivid colors and intricate designs make these posters visual masterpieces and a focal point for any room. But if you were at the Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble or honeymooned in Hawaii, posters featuring those places will ring more bells when you find them in the marketplace. There are some great examples that boost Pennsylvania - especially Philadelphia - on paper: The Philadelphia Sesquicentennial International Exposition in 1926 celebrated 150 years of American independence with a poster of the Liberty Bell against the American flag, "a very strong image," says Nicholas Lowry, who appraises posters for PBS's Antiques Roadshow and is the president of Swann Galleries in New York City.
November 10, 2004 |
The toy taxi had sat for years on the den shelf in Bob and Jean Craig's Wayne home. Now here it was on a table at an Audubon retirement community, the focus of seniors eager to know its value. "The condition is really quite good," said antiques expert Jeffrey Henkel, picking it up for a close look. "There are a few scratches, but as a tintype toy with printing, in extraordinary condition, I would say the auction value would be $2,000 to $3,000. " "Ahh," breathed the 100 seniors who packed a recreation room at Shannondell at Valley Forge yesterday.
April 22, 1999 |
Used to be we knew spring had sprung when that red, red robin came bob, bob, bobbing along. Now the passage into the season for Eastern Pennsylvanian antiquers is heralded by the pounding of tent pegs at the Renninger's showgrounds in Kutztown. That signals commencement of the annual Renninger's Extravaganza, one of the biggest collectible shows in America. More than 1,200 dealers from 42 states will set up tents or squeeze into roofed pavilions for the three-day event, which opens to the public tomorrow.
December 21, 2007 |
The former Main Line antiques dealer who staged fake appraisals on Antiques Roadshow - and pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges - is scheduled to be arraigned next week on theft charges in Bucks County and is now a fugitive. Russell Pritchard III of Beach Haven, N.J., is facing 140 counts of theft and receiving stolen property. He is accused of taking about $40,000 in antiques from a Bucks County woman with a promise to auction them. "She has never seen a dime," said David Zellis, Bucks County's first assistant district attorney.
June 9, 2009 |
The tiger maple desk was a fake. Leigh Keno, one of the blond and bespectacled twins of Antiques Roadshow appraiser fame, knew it immediately, pointing out under his breath how pieces of 18th-century wood had been put together in an act of - yes, you may gasp - deception. Also in on his conclusion were John Hays, the erudite appraiser from Christie's; Keno brother Leslie; and the debonair Wendell Garrett, another Roadshow rock star, smiling conspiratorially in his wheelchair.
August 6, 2006 |
Lynne and Richard Little of West Chester knew they had something of interest when Antiques Roadshow called last week and asked to pick up their tall chest of drawers to feature on yesterday's taping at the Convention Center. But they had no idea it would be the little black walnut spice cabinet filled with birds' eggs they carried through the streets of Philadelphia in a red Radio Flyer wagon that would get the hearts of the appraisers thumping. For the second time in a decade, the popular PBS show visited Philadelphia, and about 6,000 area residents lined up with more than 10,000 treasures waiting to see if what they had framed on their walls, displayed in their cabinets, or stored under their beds was worth anything.