The PBS Antiques Roadshow Part 3: In Front of the Cameras

If you missed Parts 1 & 2 and want to read them before continuing, click on the link below this post.

All in Good Time, My Pretty (The Watch Appraisals):

After the jewelry appraisals, I left the curtained area to search for my friend Linda. She was waiting by the nearest exit and shared the results of the watch appraisals by Paul Winicki, Founder of Radcliffe Jewelers. [TIP: Before you separate from your companion(s), pick a place to meet up.]

Paul Winicki ©2014

Remember the Disney Cinderella watch (below left) mentioned in Part 1? It was considered a collectable rather than an antique and eliminated from the appraisals. Linda noted how to open the other 2 watches, the makers, materials, restoration costs, and values.

Watch collection ©2014 Jillian Lark (

Watch collection ©2014 Jillian Lark

The copper-colored metal lapel watch (above middle) belonged to my late paternal aunt. After sliding open the watch using a penknife, Paul examined the broken workings inside. Restoring the Swiss watch made by Seneca would cost more than its value.

My father gave me the open face pocket watch (above right). The white enamel paint was already chipped and the dial broken. Until Paul showed Linda, I had no idea that a simple twist or spin of the back cover would open the watch and reveal the inner movements.

Pocket watch (back cover removed / movements exposed) ©2014 Jillian Lark (

1900’s pocket watch (back cover removed / movements exposed) ©2014 Jillian Lark

The gold-filled railroad pocket watch by the Havlin Watch Company had a 21 jeweled movement and a standard engraved design common in the early 1900’s. The watch was valued a bit less than the cost to restore its damaged parts.

After the watch appraisals, Linda heard excited voices and saw frantic motioning toward the blue-carpeted area. Two people had brought valuable antique watches and jewelry, and the TV crew prepared the set for filming. Volunteers directed Linda toward the exit, so she left.

Tap the Camera Button Three Times and Think There’s No Place Like the PBS Antiques Roadshow:

Due to the well-organized process, our actual visit only took about 80 minutes. (TIPS: Arrive at least 45 minutes before your assigned time to deal with parking, etc. The wait time depends on how crowded your category lines are and whether you’re scheduled for early morning or later in the day. Plan on a minimum of 1.5 hours or longer, especially if you want to grab freebies from the sponsors, etc.)

Cover of my PBS Antiques Roadshow event guide ©2014 Jillian Lark (

Cover of my PBS Antiques Roadshow event guide ©2014 Jillian Lark

Linda and I had a great time, but neither of us wanted to participate in the Feedback Booth. Our friend Carolyn and her husband Jim were interviewed on camera. Carolyn accidentally attributed the wrong time period to the sword they brought. She didn’t know if her part would be cut or when the Austin episodes would air, but she and Jim took at least 3 great selfies on their cell phones.

Linda and I returned home about 2 hours after we departed without encountering flying monkeys, wizards, hot air balloons, and squished or melted witches. Thanks, PBS Antiques Roadshow!



  1. Really fun series, Jillian. I enjoyed reading these posts! Thanks for sharing your behind the scenes peek.

  2. Sounds like a fun experience!

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