Bruce Shackelford, an appraisal expert of the American West on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow for 14 seasons, will present a behind-the-scenes look at that popular program on Friday, April 15 at the Pioneer Museum’s “What’$ It Worth” event.
This year’s popular “What’$ It Worth?” event boasts nine expert appraisers who will be viewing furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, textiles, books, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, western and Fredericksburg memorabilia, and other collectibles from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday. Individual appraisals will be offered at $10 per item. Large items can be appraised by bringing in a high-quality photograph.
Shackelford will speak during the catered cocktail reception from 6:30 – 9:00 pm on Friday inside the historical Sanctuary and Social Hall of the Museum. Guests will enjoy door prizes and silent auction that features a child’s antique rocker, antique mantel, framed digital print of K. L. Hermann Lungkwitz’s panoramic lithograph of Fredericksburg, ca.1859, antique pie safe, kerosene banquet lamp, and antique miniature poster bed.
Hors d’oeuvres will be catered by August E’s, Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, and Sunset Grill, with beer, wine, champagne, soft drinks. Reception tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and will include one free appraisal on Saturday.
On Saturday, in addition to bringing in items to be appraised, guests can attend four new seminars:
9:30-10:15 Provenance -Stephen Vollmer
10:30-11:15 Antique Guns and Fire Arms & their Evolution in Texas -Jim Thompson
11:30-12:15 Antique China -Eva Lee
1:00-1:45 Incorporating Antiques into the Home –Brenda Newman & Michelle Weberpal
Seminars are $10 each, or guests can purchase VIP tickets for $50. A VIP ticket will admit the holder to up to four seminars by antique experts and includes two appraisals.
New this year is a photography exhibit of black and white historical images taken from a creative point of view. The original work of contest winners will be displayed through May 12. Visitors will be able to purchase framed photos from the Museum collection, with part of the proceeds going to the Museum.
Event appraisers are independent of the museum and society. Appraisals are for fair-market value, and not intended for insurance and tax purposes. No appraisals offered on jewelry or Oriental items. The Gillespie County Historical Society holds no liability for inaccuracies or damaged items.