A 1951 Colt Navy Revolver that was thought to be a replica but turned out to be the real deal was named the “Appraiser’s Choice” from a wide range of firearms, artwork, fishing tackle and outdoor collectibles appraised at the second filming of Treasures & Traditions TV at the Northeast Fishing and Hunting Show at Hartford, Conn.
The appeal of the gun, according to the appraisers, was not so much its rarity, or its value, but the fact that the owner had brought it to the event believing it was a reproduction. In his words, “I traded it to a friend for one of the first digital watches ever made and it came in one of those glitzy boxes with red velvet lining that reproductions often come in. However, all four of the firearms appraisers on hand at the event confirmed that it was the genuine article—and a nice example at that.” The revolver was appraised at approximately $2,000.
At each Treasures & Traditions TV filming, the appraisers vote on their favorite item brought to the event—whether or not they had the opportunity to personally appraise it. At their first filming in Cincinnati last month, a pair of 100-year-old Detroit Minnow lures was named “Appraiser’s Choice” for their high value (nearly $7,000) and story of how it was acquired (included with purchase of ornamental cigar box.)
“Besides numerous antique and high-value guns being appraised at our events, we’ve seen a wide variety of other sportsmen items such as a signed Charles Russell sketch that was valued at nearly $25,000,” commented Bob Delfay, Host of Treasures & Traditions TV. “We can’t wait to share with our viewers these stories and their values.”
Treasures and Traditions will air on the Discovery Network’s Destination America channel beginning June 16, 2014.
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