February 24, 2011

Antiques Roadshow

If you recognize this gentleman, you probably watch 'Antiques Roadshow' on PBS.  That's Lark Mason, who travels around the country appraising vases, clocks, statues -- you name it -- which people bring to him hoping against hope he'll declare the item actually is a priceless treasure.  Over the weekend, he was at Antiques & Appraisals, an event hosted by the Historical Society of Sarasota County.  Although Lark was sans television crew, it was still fascinating to watch him in action.  Once he opened the back of this clock it took him approximately 2.4 seconds to provide the following information:  it's a Seth-Thomas clock; manufactured in the 1920's; and Seth-Thomas mass produced this type of clock which significantly reduces its value.  At that point, I couldn't hear very well, but I believe he estimated the value at $50...or so. (Insert game show losing sound here.)

9 comments:

Kathy said...

You photos of people are really superb!

Kathy said...

Make that "your." (Blame it on one of those sleepless nights!)

clamco said...

It almost looks like something inside the clock is speaking to him. Well, I guess in a way it is.
I had an item appraised locally and I was told was worth about $100.00. I listed it on Ebay and got $565.00. Yay!

Jim Klenke said...

what a neat photo chance. did you take anything down to be appraised?

Jack said...

SRQ, congratulations. Your portraits are becoming very good. Taking a photogrpahy course is paying off in increased self-confidence. It is time to speak with your management about a raise.

Ernie said...

I had no idea he was there, I might have stopped in. Now if that sports memorabilia lady had been there, or the younger girl from History Detectives, I'd have been there in a flash!

Lois said...

Nice portrait! I love that show.

cieldequimper said...

Lovely portrait. When I still had TV, I used to be a BBC Antiques Roadshow addict, as far back as the early 1980s when I was into antiques dolls. I still sometimes buy the magazine. I wonder who first had the idea, the Beeb or PBS!

L.D. said...

hey neat! I actually got tickets to the Antiques Roadshow when it came to San Jose last year. My friend and I brought some stuff (none of which was worth much) but there were some bizarre items there including a Victorian wall mural made entirely of human hair.