PENDLETON - Local residents Becky Dunlap and Les Isley were lucky enough to receive tickets to the Antiques Road Show Aug. 21 in Portland.
They searched, sorted, researched and finally decided which two items each would take for appraisal.
Isley chose a 100-year-old photo of his grandparents with a gilded frame and a violin purchased from Sears in 1919.
Dunlap selected a Chinese plate that has been in her family 77 years and a three-way novelty mirror with 10-inch square mirrors that hangs from a chain in the middle and has decorative black bamboo on the corners. Her great-great-great grandfather, David Wetmore, purchased it at the 1876 Centennial World's Fair as a present for her great-great grandmother's graduation from finishing school in Andover, Mass.
Isley learned that his Sears violin was a student model made in Czechoslovakia with a current value of about $100 because many of them were made. The photo of his grandparents was valued at about $50, but the appraiser recommended taking it to a photographer to have it sealed in the frame to prevent damage by exposure to light and air.
Dunlap learned that her 16-inch diameter plate is indeed Chinese of a type called Rose Medallion, but disagreed with the appraiser's valuation, which was much less than a value placed on it 20 years ago.
She was disappointed to learn from her appraiser that her mirror has only "sentimental value" because many of them had been made and sold in the United States.
Dunlap said that the time waiting in line with others, seeing their antiques and the interaction among people was far more interesting and fun than going in for the actual appraisal. She even met some people from London who wanted information about attending the Pendleton Round-Up.
It's not a matter of just showing up with an antique to have an item appraised, Dunlap said. To see an appraiser, one must apply for tickets and hope that their application is drawn for a particular location. Then to get in, you have to have at least one, but not more than two, antique items.
Appraisers selected items to be filmed for the Antiques Road Show. The Portland Convention Center segment and will air sometime in the spring of 2005.