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But, unfortunately, it’s about $1,500. We have a cuckoo clock here. Of course, that is an extraordinary thing. We used to see them a lot on the “Antiques Roadshow.” We still do. I’m the good twin. Will you do us a favor, though, when that auction comes up, give us a call. Wow. And we see them in people’s houses on “Find!.” And a piece like this, it’s popular to display China in or carnival glass or something like that. And it’s a nice thing to have. This looks like it was probably made in the Black Forest in Germany, probably in the late 19th century. LEIGH KENO: We say, what’s that in the corner of the picture? That’s when we get the cameras out and go to the house.

O’BRIEN: So, depending on how the auction goes, right?

LEIGH KENO: Yes. And that’s going to air, Leslie, the follow-up. So a young couple can have it. But, actually, the cuckoo clock, of course, actually, of course, has little bellows in there. So we’ll be there with Pat, the owner, sitting in the audience with the “Find!” cameras to do the follow-up and holding her hand. And they’re real antiques. It’s made in Philadelphia.

O’BRIEN: Leigh, what do you say?


LESLIE KENO: He’s the evil twin. Now, pieces like this turn up a lot. That’s the painting here. You’re not going to go a little higher, Les?


O’BRIEN: The brothers Keno, Leslie and Leigh, thanks very much. They were antiques appraisers for the hit series “Antiques Roadshow.” And they now have their own PBS series called — what else — “Find!.”

They join me live from New York City.



LESLIE KENO: I think the follow-up is later in January. This is made in the empire period, American classical period.

O’BRIEN: Why are you always lower? Are you just tougher?

O’BRIEN: Oh, my gosh. She had no idea what it was worth.


LEIGH KENO, CO-HOST, “FIND!”: Well, the thing is, Miles, that we sat her down on her couch, along with a local auctioneer who is going to sell this. And tell Miles what it could bring.


O’BRIEN: And, by the way, are we seeing the painting here? Is this it right here?

LEIGH KENO: That’s a good comment.

O’BRIEN: All right, now, an empire is a fairly common thing to find, right? That’s not…


O’BRIEN: Leigh, you with us on the $800?




LESLIE KENO: Gadrooning.


LESLIE KENO: That’s right. That could be something that you found at Ethan Allen. And before that, they had chimes.

Leslie, you go first. And she was sitting down, right?

LESLIE KENO: That’s right. His name is John McInnis.

LESLIE KENO: About 1830, with all the carved ornament and leafage and the gadrooning on the base.

LESLIE KENO: First of all, and I think she said, you’re kidding me, aren’t you?

Leigh — worth what, Leigh?

O’BRIEN: Seven hundred to $1,000. But that’s what works. And on that, I would say that has a value of about $700 to $1,000, wouldn’t you say, Les?

But I think just about everybody in our audience is now making plans to go clean out their attic just to make sure. Gadrooning is such a good word. But $1,200 sure sounds better than $800.

LESLIE KENO: But this painting could be worth probably over — possibly over $500,000.

LEIGH KENO: And I hope she buys us some champagne afterwards or something. I’m always a little lower than Les. And the bird comes out.


LESLIE KENO: Well, actually, this is a very affordable collecting area. John McInnis is going to auction it off up in Amesbury, Mass., on December the 7th.

O’BRIEN: We are out of time.

We wanted to mention that that does air, Miles — it’s going to air on PBS stations nationally, the show, starting the end of December.

LEIGH KENO: Will do. And I’ll bring you my baseball card collection next time.

LEIGH KENO: Yes. All right.

O’BRIEN: First of all, just based on this picture, an electronic picture that came in, can you really judge something like this?

LESLIE KENO: That’s that little bit of ribbing near the plinth, close to the legs.

LEIGH KENO: And early — very early January. And then we’re going to be up there for the auction.

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O’BRIEN: Yes, this is “Candid Camera” or something, right?

LESLIE KENO: It has pine cone weights and probably worth in the range of about $800 to $1,200. Very handsome.



O’BRIEN: And is she going to auction it off?

We’ll have them drop by periodically.


LESLIE KENO: I think he’s right on the mark on that one.


LEIGH KENO: The nice thing, Miles, is that, again, as Leslie said, these are pretty affordable. Exactly. Patricia says she’s never found one like it and would love to get the value on it. Once again, to me, I would have no idea.

LEIGH KENO: Not real rare. And he authenticated it an air for the first time as a Heade. I would say it’s closer to the $800. And it turned out to be a real Martin Johnson Heade signed. And in the attic, she had a painting that has been there for 80 years, a masterpiece by one of the great American painters, Martin Johnson Heade. This comes from Linda. And we’re even being conservative.

O’BRIEN: Fifteen hundred dollars. And it’s about 1835. That’s once-in-a-career type find, isn’t it?

O’BRIEN: Good cop, bad cop, all that stuff.



LEIGH KENO: That is pretty much once in a lifetime. The thing is, these are about — I wish I could tell Nicki that it was $1 million.

LEIGH KENO: I agree. Will do.

O’BRIEN: Check your local listings. And we want to find out how that goes. It looks like a nice piece.

MILES O’BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: Ever wonder if that vase — or is it vase — we’ll ask these guys — that your great aunt left you or that old couch from your grandmother is worth anything? Well, and where can you turn to find out exactly how much? Well, of course, if you watch PBS, you already know the answer, the Keno brothers.


O’BRIEN: Oh, my goodness.

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Leigh and Leslie, good to see you both, Leslie screen left, Leigh screen right, right, gentlemen?



LEIGH KENO: Well, Miles, the nice thing about this is that it’s an empire revival or classical revival piece. I’m just — I think I’m more conservative with the estimates. Let’s take a look at it. But sometimes, again, we get pictures of something like this and then, three feet off the picture is the piece worth a half-million that’s next to the couch that didn’t come in


All right, let’s go to Patricia’s bookcase now.




O’BRIEN: Let’s get into some — maybe one of our viewers will find such luck, maybe. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

O’BRIEN: I’ve got a couple of Post-it notes just to keep it straight here, thanks to our director, Roger (ph).

O’BRIEN: Very nice. That’s the being looked at by Ted Stebbins, who is the great expert on Martin Johnson Heade who has written all the books.

LESLIE KENO, CO-HOST, “FIND!”: Well, Miles, we went into a home north of Boston and met a lady there.

O’BRIEN: You’ve got to know where to look.

And the pouffe and the columns are all characteristics of the empire style.

O’BRIEN: Something.

O’BRIEN: Very nice .

And we ended up telling the lady that this is a real Heade and worth easily $200,000 to $300,000.



LESLIE KENO: Well, we can actually tell a lot from photographs. We’ll see you in another month or so. And this story you’re about to tell has got to take the cake. It’s a drop leaf library table made in Philadelphia. So — but it’s not $1 million.


O’BRIEN: All right, gentlemen, first of all, you’ve had some great adventures finding serious treasures. You can find nice center tables for as low as $500.

LEIGH KENO: I don’t know.

LESLIE KENO: We’ll buy her something. They were made from the late 19th century through the early 20th century. Between the twins, you end up with the right price. So we had it authenticated.




O’BRIEN: And, once again, empire is out there, yes.


O’BRIEN: And our final item from our viewer, hoping to make them as rich as we can make them, Nicki’s (ph) drop leaf mahogany parlor table. Tell us how it all unfolded.


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O’BRIEN: Gadrooning. I’m sure you’ll enjoy that very much.

O’BRIEN: I don’t know what it is, but I love it. And they look great in a home. Send us your photographs when we call for them

Amelia Woodward

Amelia Woodward

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