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Unusual antiques, heirlooms fetch high-dollar appraisals

Published: Sunday, July 11 1999 12:00 a.m. MDT

Some came with dreams of dollar signs dancing before their eyes. Others simply wanted more information about their precious family heirlooms.

Either way, "Chubb's Antiques Roadshow" drew hundreds of unusual antiques -- and people -- to the Salt Palace Convention Center Saturday. For example:

A French scenic cameo vase by Daum, circa 1910, purchased by Jenny Gooch of Orem at an estate sale for $20, fetched an appraisal of $4,000 to $6,000 from Louise Luther of Boston, an expert in art glass and lamps.

Mary Day Evans' bowie knife, dating back to about 1790-1810, was appraised at $15,000 to $20,000.

Tow-headed, 7-year-old Andrew Peterson brought his great-grandfather's World War I snakebite kit. Kathleen Guzman, who specializes in collectibles and children's toys, was videotaped with the lad for a show-and-tell bit that could run early next year before an audience of several million. The first-aid kit was valued at about $100.

Joni Carsensten of Layton brought a Marcus & Co. ring crafted from pearls, diamonds and enamel. Purchased at an auction in McGill, Nev., in 1997 for $1,250, appraiser Peter L. Schaffer of New York guessed it is worth about $6,000.

Ken and Sandy Stoker of West Jordan brought a large, 1885 music box, still in perfect working condition. It was appraised at $3,500 to $4,500. "We hoped it would be worth more," the Stokers said.

Nan Webber's unusual, turn-of-the-century mechanical picture was appraised at $1,200 to $1,800 by Noel Barrett of Carversville, Pa. Originally, it probably cost about $5.

Bonnie Whiting's scenic lamp, a longtime family heirloom, was appraised at $2,000 to $3,000 by Karen M. Keane of Boston. "I had no idea it would be worth that much," Whiting said.

Among the hundreds of people still waiting in line Saturday afternoon were Susan Duran of Ogden, with a very retro Hires root beer sign . . . Butch Grammer of Vernal, with a 1945 Zenith TV set -- still working -- that he bought at Deseret Industries for $80 . . . Judy Kennedy (who had become Grammer's "line buddy"), whose tote bag included her great-grandmother's 100-year-old water pitcher and a set of decorative dishes . . . Barry Griffin, of Pocatello, who brought a 1944 watercolor by Rutledge Bate and a pen-and-ink etching by Kathecq Kollwitz, apparently smuggled out of a World War II concentration camp . . . and John and Rosemary Thomas, with an antique urn and highly detailed pedestal table owned by her grandparents.

"I hope I have some good news for my grandmother, Ora Murdoch, who turns 90 next week," Rosemary Thomas said.

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