Two weeks ago I randomly won tickets to the first-ever Washington DC Antiques Roadshow. Obviously, I was very excited, even though I was quite certain that I had zero antiques to have assessed. On Saturday, Sergey and I ran around the house trying to find anything that was possibly worthy of an appraisal.This is what we came up with:
And off we went to the Convention Center, where we waited, and waited, and then once we got to the top of the line, we were assigned tickets for specific categories, such as silver and decorative arts, and then we waited some more in the appraisal lines.
line to get into the show:
Btw, if you ever go, DO NOT bring art of jewelery, the lines for those categories were so long the people must have been there all day! uff
Anyway, so was our stuff worth anything? Mhhh, not so much.
The globe is a replica of 18th century old world globe — if real it would have been worth 2,5k, bus alas our version comes in at just about $25 (at least we only paid $15!)
The silver on copper tray is absolutely destroyed, not salvageable and not worth anything. sigh.
my pretty coasters from greece (!) are souvenir items — this one was actually sort of embarrassing.
We do have one winner, though: game skewers. these were made at some point between 1820 and 1900, out of zinc and something else. coming in at $15-$20 a pop, we actually have something semi-valuable (even better is the fact that we got them for free as complements for larger purchase at Ruff and Ready).
(production area, where people with real stuff get filmed)
And the answer to question of the day — for something to be considered an antique, an item has to be at least a 100 years old.