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Crafts on Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow is one of my and my husband’s favorite shows. We always look forward to Monday nights and seeing what’s new on the Roadshow. He always gets excited when there is a musical instrument of some sort (particularly violins and guitars) and I always love seeing any kind of craft-related antique (particularly needlework). Last night’s episode showcased the beautiful sampler above from 1769, valued at $25,000 – $35,000. Amazing! I love hearing the stories behind the objects, especially when they are something special to the person’s family.
The Antiques Roadshow web site has archives of their appraisals that include transcripts, pictures and videos, so I did a little digging around to find some of the crafty antiques I’ve seen on AR and found a few new-to-me ones as well. Enjoy!
I loved this crazy quilt that showed up in the Seattle episode. The story of how the quilt was made, and by whom, was very special. Be sure to read more about it in the appraisal transcript. There are small ribbons and handkerchiefs stitched in to the quilt that capture notable events of the time. A beautiful memory. It was valued at $10,000.
I posted about this scrimshaw swift over on our Facebook page a while ago. It’s a gorgeous antique yarn winder, and it came in valued at $15,000 – $20,000. You can watch the video of the appraisal and learn more about how this object was used over on the AR web site.
You can search the Antiques Roadshow archives for all kinds of things like sewing and needlework and find many other gems. Do you have any special antique craft items that might make good AR eye candy?

4 thoughts on “Crafts on Antiques Roadshow

  1. muffin says:

    those lovely polish violines!
    have you seen american pickers on at 9pm on history channel…interesting follow up to AR on mondays!
    also, i saw a very old winder over the weekend and was in a bit of a rush and did not stop, kicking myself hard after seeing that one above appraised for tens of thousands! yikes!

  2. kim kruse -- the sassy crafter says:

    I know — isn’t it great that they include transcripts of the appraisals on the website? One of my favorite craft-related items from Antiques Roadshow was this cigar silks smoking jacket:

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