Cleaning out an elderly relatives home, digging around at a yard sale or an estate sale, getting mementosÂ passed down to you from elder generations; some might call these activities modern-day treasure hunting.Â Every so often you come across something special and hold onto it, not ever too sure of its worth. Such was the case for this woman whose parents had picked up an odd piece from their travels in Asia. When she got it appraised on the popular series, Antique’s Road Show, her life was forever changed…
Just Another Day
What seemed like just another day at the office for TV’s Antiques Roadshow presenter, Lark E. Mason, back in 2002, turned into a historic day for both him and an unknowing woman. The piece that she brought in for a free appraisal didn’t just pique his interest, it completely overwhelmed him.
It’s the stuff of daytime TV â the finding of a valuable antique packed away in an old box in the cellar or attic. That old blanket turns out to be a valuable American Indian artifact. Grandma’s disregarded teapot is identified as a rare piece of 18th-century porcelain. Or that long-forgotten, muddy-looking painting emerges as the work of an art icon…
Overcome With Emotion
The truth, though, is that such finds are extremely rare. But on that 2002 episode of Antiques Roadshow, it was clear to see that Mason had been presented with something he considered truly outstanding. Indeed, he was so overcome by emotion that for a few moments he was barely able to speak.