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.
Appraisals from Richmond, Va., include a jewelry collection of Burmese rubies and diamonds; a folk-art rooster originally used in a dairy display. Also: a visit to the Museum of the Confederacy. Host: Chris Jussel.
From Richmond, Va.: Appraisals include a presentation Colt pistol and a French doll made around 1885. Host: Chris Jussel.
Appraisals from Los Angeles include a Scottish-made clay piglet and a miniature portrait. Host: Chris Jussel.
From Los Angeles: Appraisals include a brewing-company advertising print; a silver-and-glass compote plate; a writing table made in Milan. Host: Chris Jussel.
Appraisals from Milwaukee include a Chippendale chair and an 1888 sculpture with carvings of 35 birds. Also: a visit to the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. Host: Chris Jussel.
Conclusion. Appraisals from Milwaukee include a "Speedy" Alka Seltzer figure from the company's 1950s and '60s ad campaigns; and a chair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Also: a visit to the Milwaukee Museum of Art. Host: Chris Jussel.
Appraisals in Rochester include a painting created by musician Frank Zappa when he was in junior-high school; a cane rack; a 9-foot-tall fireplace mantel. Host: Chris Jussel.
Appraisals from Rochester include a portrait; a Shirvan rug; an 18th-century chair that has been in the owner's family for more than 100 years. Host: Chris Jussel.
Appraisals from Houston include a menu from the last luncheon served aboard the Titanic. Host: Chris Jussel.
Appraisals from Houston include an acoustic guitar autographed by Jimi Hendrix and a model car from the 1930s. Also: a look at a Native American artifact collection.
Appraisals from Louisville include a 20-gallon folk-art jug that the owner purchased at a yard sale; and a builder's model frame used to sell barns at the turn of the 20th century. Also: a history of the Kentucky Derby. Host: Chris Jussel.
Appraisals from Kentucky include an 1860 Colt Army revolver with an interesting history, and a high-school yearbook featuring James Dean.
Appraisals in Portland, Ore., include an original preliminary script of "Gone with the Wind" and a folk-art horn. Part 1 of two. Chris Jussel is the host.
Conclusion. Appraisals from Portland, Ore., include a set of books autographed by Mark Twain, a turn-of-the-century zither and an 18th-century teapot made just before the American Revolution.
Appraisals in Hartford, Conn., include a 19th-century majolica fountain and a Civil War print circa 1865-75. Also: Native American crafts. Part 1 of two. Chris Jussel is the host.
A trip to Hartford, Conn., concludes. Appraisals include a collection of Fiestaware and a rare fireplace bellows carved in the 19th century. Also: a visit to Mark Twain's house. Chris Jussel is the host.