Monday, January 5, 2015

'Antiques Roadshow' headed back to Charleston

In 2012's visit to Myrtle Beach, a guest brought in a framed letter written by Abraham Lincoln in 1860 as he prepared for the presidential election. SC ETV photo.
"Antiques Roadshow," one of the most popular PBS prime-time shows, will return to Charleston in August, South Carolina ETV announced Monday.

It will be the third time the series has visited South Carolina. It came through Charleston in 2000 and taped three episodes, then returned in 2012 to tape episodes in Myrtle Beach.

"ETV is always pleased to showcase the history and culture of South Carolina beyond our borders, and 'Antique Roadshow's' third visit to our state is a testament to the exceptionally intriguing items and stories South Carolinians have to share," Linda O’Bryon, ETV's president, said in a statement.

"Antiques Roadshow" host Mark Walberg is a native of Florence.

In its last visit to Charleston, the show featured a set of comedian Jackie Gleason's monogrammed golf clubs, a 1763 Massachusetts broadside about the French and Indian War, a 19th century, hand-hammered silver bowl designed to rinse and cool wine glasses and a chair designed for the famous Siamese twins of Mount Airy, Chang and Eng Bunker

Host Dan Elias also took viewers to Fort Sumter and the historic Heyward-Washington house.

An appraisal event is scheduled for Aug. 8 in Charleston. About 6,000 ticketed guests will get free valuations of up to two items from specialists representing auction houses and independent dealers. Three episodes will be prepared for broadcast in 2016 from the appraisals.

"Antiques Roadshow" is looking for furniture submiss
ions for appraisal on the set, producers said. Selected pieces will be trucked free to the appraisal and returned home by the show.

Those wanting to go to the show can apply for a random lottery to win tickets at