If you’re an avid Antiques Roadshow viewer as am I … you may already know that this Monday there’s another double-header. The first hour of the program is from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Appraiser Andy Qurant discusses the market for swimsuit-clad, early 20th-century bisque figurines, known as bathing beauties. There is also a collection of Enrico Caruso memorabilia brought to the show by his grandson and a pair of heirloom boxwood and ivory figurines estimated to be worth $50,000 to $75,000, but if confirmed to be 18th-century originals by sculptor Simon Troger, could be worth $400,000.
Troger was an Austrian ivory sculptor, born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1683, specialized in figures and groups of figures sculpted from a combination of ivory, black stained wood, and with inset glass eyes.
Hour two is part one of a visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where the city is having its traditional German Fest. Mark Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst talk about collectible German beer steins among other things. Featured is the Midwest Airlines Center, where collectors can see a 1952 Fender Esquire guitar and a late 19th century child’s sled in the shape of a swan.
The crème de la crème is an 18th century desk and bookcase passed down to the owner from his great-grandfather, a former governor of Connecticut that could be worth as much as $250,000 or $20,000, if the two pieces are determined to be “married.” The cliffhanger is answered in part 2 of Antique Roadshow from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.