A rusty 1940s slot machine might not seem to have much in common with an 18th century antique oak pedestal desk , but Lancashire museum owners might like to follow the example of highbrow US institutions like the North Carolina Museum of Art, which is playing on the popularity of TV shows like American Pickers to entice visitors through its doors.
Modern homes can be a cluttered jumble of mysterious old objects; some inherited, others bought on a whim, and people should consider how much their old Victorian balloon back dining chair or other such antiques are really worth. At times like this it pays to have an expert’s point of view, and in America an unlikely alliance has been struck up at opposing ends of the fine art spectrum: nuts-and-bolts TV antiques shows and bookish art and history museums.
Just as people in Cumbria have become switched on to programmes like Cash in the Attic and Flog It!, so the American public has embraced shows like Auction Kings and Pawn Stars, with Antiques Roadshow being a proverbial favourite on both sides of the Atlantic. There is a craze for viewers to get their own heirlooms and collectibles assessed at valuation events, and it is one that the American museum industry has picked up on. A growing number of institutions are now inviting visitors to bring their heirlooms for appraisal by their experts.
One of the best places here to get a valuation on something like an antique oak partners desk is at a Preston antique dealer.
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