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Wendell D. Garrett: An Antique Expert’s 5 Most Interesting Appraisals
Posted By Patrick Kiger On November 20, 2012 @ 2:35 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
If you’re interested in classic furnishings and decorative design, you’re probably familiar with Wendell D. Garrett as the professorial, erudite appraiser who was one of the stars of the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. As the longtime editor of The Magazine Antiques  and a senior vice-president at Sotheby’s, the famous auction house, Garrett had impeccable credentials for perusing the personal treasures that guests retrieved from their attics and offered for his examination in towns across the nation. But the well-dressed gentleman with the courtly manner had a knack for letting the hopeful down gently, by explaining the historical importance of objects, even if they didn’t have much monetary value. He clearly delighted in surprising those who didn’t realize the value of what they had.
Garrett, who died on Nov. 18 in Williston, Vt., at age 83 , appeared on every season of Antiques Roadshow since its inception in 1997 — including the season, filmed last summer, that will premiere on Jan. 7. Here are five of his most interesting appraisals.
You can watch Garrett appraising the copper kettle here .
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 The Magazine Antiques: http://www.themagazineantiques.com/
 died on Nov. 18 in Williston, Vt., at age 83: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/us/wendell-d-garrett-decorative-arts-expert-on-antiques-roadshow-dies-at-83.html
 Late 19th-Century Victorian Pump Organ (2003): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200303A01.html
 Victorian Bird Display Cabinet (2002): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200204A02.html
 New England Highboy, Circa 1780 (2011): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201106A01.html
 1974 Pennsylvania-German “John Seltzer” Dowry Chest (2006): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200605A03.html
 19th Century Apple Butter Copper Kettle (1997): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/199701A06.html
 appraising the copper kettle here: http://video.pbs.org/video/2256979879
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