Based on the popular BBC series running since 1979, the PBS Antiques Roadshow combines history with discovery. Each year, the show visits a handful of cities to appraise items brought in by viewers. Are these items worth a lot of money, more than the visitors expect? To be fair, this concept has been copied again since, with East Tennessee Public Television's Treasures In Your Attic, but WGBH/Boston, always the pioneer PBS station, will say their derivative came first.
The 12th season begins with Part 1 of a three-part visit to Baltimore. Items include Native American artifacts; a 19th-century rock crystal watch; and an angelfish pin reportedly given to a woman by Mark Twain.
Part 2 of 3 in Baltimore. Items include an 18th-century embroidered vest; a painting by impressionist W. L. Metcalf; and a championship jacket worn by NFL player Johnny Unitas.
Conclusion in Baltimore. Items include a bench crafted by woodworker George Nakashima; a two-sided painting by B.J.O. Nordfelt; and a violin made by Nicolas Lupot.
A photo signed by the entire cast of the hit TV series "Bonanza"; a sterling silver Tiffany vase; and a collection of etchings and dry points by James McNeill Whistler.
Part 2 of 3 from Orlando. Items include a painting by Fern Coppedge; an 1835 Regency-style etagere bought at a yard sale; and an animator's plaster model of Geppetto, created for 1940 film "Pinocchio."
Conclusion in Orlando. Items include glass goblets by Austrian designer Otto Prutscher; an aerial photograph of Disney property before Epcot was built; and a collection of original photographs by Cecil Stoughton, an official White House photographer during the Kennedy administration.
Part 1 of 3 from San Antonio. Items include a pottery horse from the Tang dynasty; a large Teco vase from Terra Cotta, Ill.; and a collection of World Series programs, including one for the 1905 series between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics.
Part 2 of 3 from San Antonio. Items include a silver statue of St. Catherine; an heirloom needlepoint from Rhode Island; and a large desk and bookcase.
Vaqueros (Mexican cowboys) and antique sombreros are discussed. Also: Buddy Holly and Crickets concert memorabilia; a Robert Wood painting of bluebonnets; Chinese porcelain panels that are worth between $40,000 and $60,000. From San Antonio.
A 1905 bird's-eye-view map of Spokane; a necklace that flunks a critical test; and a collection of items - a framed photo and letters dating to 1862 - signed by President Lincoln.
Part 2 of 3 in Spokane. Items include pottery by ceramicists Otto and Gertrude Natzler; a landscape painting by artist Sydney Laurence; and an heirloom Waltham pocket watch.
Conclusion in Spokane. Items include a 19th-century silk Heriz rug; a Louis XIV-style clock made in France; and an heirloom desk and chair set used by the United States House of Representatives from 1857 to 1873.
Valuable original cover art for The Saturday Evening Post by John Falter; an enduring symbol of the Kentucky Derby: an heirloom mint julep cup created by Louisville silversmith William Kendrick. HDTV & Cable box required.
Part 2 of 3 in Louisville. Items include an18th-century Kentucky sugar chest; a Rococo Revival table with an image of Mount Vernon; and boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali
Conclusion in Louisville. Items include a Dirk Van Erp lamp; an 1876 Pierre Jumeau doll; and a wooden cupboard made in Kentucky.
Part 1 of 3 in Las Vegas. Items include drawings by folk musician Woody Guthrie; a 19th-century tavern clock by clock-maker Aaron Willard; and a five-carat, Asscher-cut diamond ring.
Part 2 of 3 in Las Vegas. Items include a 19th-century pottery-pig canteen; an album cover autographed by Elvis Presley, and a macramé belt that he wore; and a scrapbook with signatures of Civil War-era public figures.
Conclusion in Las Vegas. Items include an 1870s Belleek vase; a pair of art nouveau posters; and a movie prop from the 1939 film "Only Angels Have Wings."
Political memorabilia is featured. Included: campaign buttons; a 1976 court affidavit from Jimmy Carter to Maine officials, asking that they reverse their decision to list him on the ballot as James Earl Carter; an heirloom desk and chair used in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 1800s; and signed photos of presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.