Chef, cookbook author and TV host Carla Hall has always wondered about an antique wooden highchair her family has long cherished.
What is its history? How much is it worth?
She finally got answers when PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” visited her Washington, D.C., home. It turns out that the highchair is not hand carved and dates to between 1880-1920. It’s worth only about $100.
Even so, Hall still adores it. She and her husband are remodeling their home in a more modern style, but the highchair is staying.
“This will still be front and center somewhere in our modern house,” she says after the TV visit. “I’m not selling anything.”
Hall was one of several celebrity guests on four new special episodes of “Antiques Roadshow” that were filmed during the pandemic.
The producers flipped the script. Instead of people — and their would-be treasures — coming to meet the appraisers in a big hall, the appraisers went to the people. And this time, the people were famous.
“I think it’s very humanizing. They share with you this very vulnerable moment. They are just like any other ‘Roadshow’ guest,” says “Antique Roadshow” executive producer Marsha Bemko.