West Virginia "Finds" Featured on Antiques Roadshow in May

Oct 30, 2014

The PBS series Antiques Roadshow has announced three May broadcast dates for episodes shot in Charleston, W.Va., last August. The episodes are scheduled to air at 8 p.m. on May 11, 18, and 25 on West Virginia PBS and other public television stations nationwide.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting also is producing a behind-the scenes look at the visit to be broadcast with the national premiere of the Charleston episodes.

The most valuable item at the Charleston event was appraised at $250,000 insurance value: an 1854 landscape painting by Edward Beyer. It shows the town of Charleston, the Kanawha River and the green hills beyond.

Other highlights from the Charleston event include an 1849 Gold Rush log and journal, chronicling the journey of the owner’s great-uncle from Boston to San Francisco in 1849 for the Gold Rush, appraised for $40,000 to $50,000 retail value, and a Noel Coward collection, consisting of a painting, gold box, and playbill, that was appraised for $35,000 to $37,000 at auction.

Antiques Roadshow is an excellent opportunity to tell West Virginia’s story to the nation,” said Scott Finn, WVPB executive director. “Also, we generated a lot of economic activity by bringing the event to West Virginia.”

More than 5,300 people attended the Charleston event from 41 states and two Canadian provinces. More than 3,100 visitors came from out-of-state, helping to sell out Charleston’s hotels that weekend.

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