An antique desk owned by one of the Founding Fathers is just one of the gems featured in a new National Geographic series, America’s Lost Treasures.
Airing on Wednesday nights at 8 pm, the programme is hosted by Kinga Philipps and Curt Doussett. Each week, they visit a US city to meet locals who have brought their family heirlooms and treasures for assessment. Working with antiques valuers, museum curators and other experts, Curt and Kinga uncover the history and value of some of the best items, revealing what they’ve found to the surprised owners. Each week, there’s a prize of $10,000 for the object considered most important to American history. All ten will go on display at the National Geographic Museum, Washington in 2013.
On 11th July, Lost Treasures was at the Milwaukee Museum, where the gems included a souvenir walking cane from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and an 18th Century portable antique desk. To Lancashire eyes, it might have seemed a rather tatty, unprepossessing piece, but it was once owned by Roger Sherman, one of the five founding fathers who drafted the American Declaration of Independence, which was signed on 4th July 1776.
One of the most valuable objects was a silver goblet from Wilmington, Delaware, which was valued at $80,000 on 25th July. Highlights in August include an antique bench owned by a Russian tsar, and an antique dining chair from a Mississippi paddle steamer.
If you need somewhere to hide your own treasures, antique dealers in Lancashire have antique chests in a variety of styles.
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