It seems the American public is as crazy about Victorian mahogany partners desks as people in Cumbria. In fact, the highest rated series on PBS is its own version of Antiques Roadshow, which has just added two new cities to its 2013 tour schedule.
Antiques Roadshow was rolled out as a one-off pilot in 1977 and proved so successful that it has been a continuous feature of the BBC schedules ever since. Now in its 35th series, the format has since been picked up by countries across the world, with the USA Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) releasing its own version in 1997. As with programmes shot in Lancashire, anything from an antique mahogany partners desk to rock memorabilia can be brought along for appraisal, although items are limited to two per person and tickets (which are free) have to be applied for.
This summer, PBS will be shooting the 18th season of its show. The number of episodes will also be increased. The team will visit cities in Tennessee, Michigan, Idaho, Florida, California, Louisiana, Virginia and Missouri, with jazz memorabilia and Navajo relics as likely to be on the menu as antique balloon back dining chairs .
While American collectibles are often unique to the area they were made in, much of the fine furniture is heavily influenced by British and European designs. Whether an antique dealer is in Kansas City or Preston, the Victorian mahogany pedestal desk on display will still carry the same label.
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