Thursday, July 27, 2006

Road Trip!

Just what would warrant this busy houseblogging renovator to take a Saturday off "work-camp" duty you might ask? Why Antiques Roadshow!!! of course.

My Dad invited me earlier this summer to Milwaukee for this event. We are HUGE fans at our house. In fact, we can't wait till we get the house more finished and we can start trolling estate and yard sales for hidden and unappreciated treasures. But not just yet...

My Dad is bringing a baby doll that was my grandmother's when she was a child, some porcelin, and an old pipe of my grandfather's. We have a deco style light I wouldn't mind having appraised, but I don't feel like uninstalling it and lugging it around.


Instead, I am going to bring a bit of whimsy
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My wind up dancing bear. I got him in a local Antiques Mall. I think I paid about $40 for him.


I don't expect him to be very valuable, but maybe he'll be worth more than I paid for him and I can perhaps find out his origins.

At the shop, they told me he was a Russian Dancing Bear, probably because of his costume.

I'll be back (hahaha- see photo at left) Sunday and work all day with my dear close and personal friend Wood pile.

And of course, I'll report on my Dad's and my experience of the show!

7 comments:

Greg said...

How fun! I love that show. Maybe you’ll end up on TV. I’m guessing it was a favorite play toy of one of the Romanov children and it’s worth $40,000. That’s just a guess.

jm@houseinprogress said...

I love the dancing bear! He is beautiful. :) Want to take something from HouseInProgress? I have a bronze elephant, signed, from pre-WWII Japan that someone suggested might be Meiji era. But I never got around to researching it. I also have some interesting signed lithographs around here somewhere. Ack, there is a ton of small stuff here. Just let me know. I would love to see you on that show!

Allison said...

I love the anthropomorphic wood pile. In my mind, I imagine it coalescing and trapsing around the garage when no one is watching...

Jocelyn said...

Greg- we can only hope but then I might be tempted to sell him and I'd hate that :)

jm- what a great offer! They only allow 2 pieces per person and my Dad is kind of set on what he is bringing. That would have been cool to bring something from your house- it's such a good story for the show.

Allison- if only wood pile could sand itself while I'm sleeping- now that would be something! ;)

mindy said...

Good luck with the bear - I hope you are pleasantly surprised. If he's not, don't be one of those people that says "Well, I'm glad it's not worth much because it's sentimental and I could never part with it anyway." That line never manages to mask their bitter disappointment ;)

Jocelyn said...

mindy- point taken! :)

jm@houseinprogress said...

Definitely go with Dad's stuff! Dad's rule and they can take whatever they want :)