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What’s New on Antiques and Collectibles Television?

by Gregory Watkins (04/18/11).

As I’ve grown older, I am finding that I my television-watching habits have changed quite a bit. I once could recite all the networks’ prime-time schedules, whether I watched the shows or not, and probably could name all of the major cast members, along with their character names and bios. Now, I’d be lucky to give you three program titles, let alone know anything more about them.

Which makes the current batch of antiques and collectibles television shows so nice: you can flip through the channels and if you land on one of them, you can watch it for five minutes or the whole episode. There is not plot to follow and more often than not, what they are talking about is usually pretty darned interesting.

If you had been channel surfing through the reality cable channels recently, you might have come across these shows and items:

Cash and Cari
Cari Cucksey, estate liquidator and host of HGTV’s “Cash and Cari,” is followed by cameras as she digs out hidden treasures while helping people with their estate sales. In a recent episode, Cari was working closer to home—handling her grandparents’ estate.

Some of the items she found—which could be in just about everyone’s grandmother’s house—can be identified by matching them to items in the WorthPoint Worthpedia:

Metlox China Set

 

Metlox China Set

 

 

Swinging Butter Churn

Swinging Butter Churn

 

 

Cambridge Rose Point Glassware

Cambridge Rose Point Glassware

 

 

American Pickers
Meanwhile, on the History Channel’s American Pickers, Mike and Frank pull out some gas station sings and a piece that any firefighting memorabilia collector would want. Mike bought two of these signs for $475, and while this helmet is not the exact same model, it is representative of the type.

Shell Gas Sign

Shell Gas Sign

 

Leather Firefighters Helmet

Leather Firefighters Helmet

 

PawnStars
On the other History Channel hit—Pawn Stars—The following items came into the show; their owners hoping to score a big payout.

Cast Iron Uncle Sam Coin Bank

Cast Iron Uncle Sam Coin Bank

 

 

1942 Chicago Bears Autographed Team Photo (The guy on the show had an autographed football by this same team)

1942 Chicago Bears Autographed Team Photo

 

 

Officer’s Commission from the Revolutionary War

Officer’s Commission from the Revolutionary War


 

Authentic Playboy Bunny Uniform

Authentic Playboy Bunny Uniform

Auction Hunters

On Spike TV’s Auction Hunters, is Tom and Allen storage unit buy going to be music to their ears?

Thomas Edison Gramophone

Thomas Edison Gramophone

So, what are your watching habits? Do you know which nights these shows are on and make plans to watch, or do you play antiques TV roulette?

Gregory Watkins is the editor of WorthPoint.

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2 Responses to “What’s New on Antiques and Collectibles Television?”

  1. judy seiler says:

    Just saw “Uncle Sam” on your site and felt compelled to say that it is “patroitotic reproduction”. And newer than earlier. I speak to this only because others might think this is an origional and continue to purchace these products(mechanical and stills all fakes) that come from overseas. There are very, few antique and working, mint condition “Uncle Sams”, mechanical banks. I have a large collection, and one “Uncle Sam”. He is in very great shape and perfect working condition. You should pull this “treasure” off your site simply due to fact that it is an obvious reproduction. Sorry to be so blunt. If needed, we could compair descrepences at a later date. sincerely Judy Seiler

    • Gregory Watkins Gregory Watkins says:

      Yes, Judy, this Uncle Sam is a repro, and the purchase price (available to WorthPoint members) reflects that. All of the written mumbo-jumbo can’t conceal the fact that it isn’t an actual antique mechanical bank.

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