‘Antiques Roadshow’ Big Hit at Rosecliff | September 21, 2017


These quality etchings earned their owner a spot on television. Here, they have just finished filming in the ballroom at Rosecliff, the first time a mansion was used as a setting for Antiques Roadshow.
Of the estimated 7,000 items appraised at the taping of “Antiques Roadshow” on Tuesday, Sept. 19, the rainproof tents might have been the most valuable.

As Tropical Storm Jose swept across the Atlantic Seaboard, bringing rain and increasing winds, WGBH-TV Roadshow producers persevered on the lawn at Rosecliff Mansion. It was the first time they have taped an outdoor show in their 22 seasons.

More than 3,000 visitors carefully protected their precious paintings, books, dolls, jewelry, furniture, photos and other heirlooms from the elements swirling around them. But the storm only teased. The appraisers did not. They were right as rain.

The only hitch to the day was that guests had to park at Ft. Adams and were shuttled to the mansion to stand in line inside several dozen tents and the lower level of Rosecliff, where the film crews had set up.


ABOVE: Appraiser Marshall Martin of Folsom, California, busy judging the value of dolls of all kinds. This woman’s doll was vintage and highly sought. The next doll brought before him, however, didn’t make the cut and was a reproduction, disappointing its owner. LEFT: Stuart Whitehurst, a book appraiser from Florida, and Boston bibliophile legend Ken Gloss, appraise the reporter’s historic books from 1812-1828. (Photos by James Merolla)
The numbers were impressive:

•Producers gave away 1,650 pairs of free tickets out of 10,309 ticket applications.

• Every ticketholder was invited to bring up to two items for a free verbal approximation of value.

• Sixty appraisers from across the nation covered 24 different categories, ranging from large furniture, tiny dolls, folk art and maps to paintings, tribal arts, rugs, toys, games, vintage clothing, jewels and sporting items.

• Approximately 150 locals…

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