Antique Road Show Highlights Grand Rapids Michigan

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Real Estate Agent with Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner

PBS's popular TV show, Antiques Roadshow, will highlight  Grand Rapids Michigan

in April.  The 2 Grand Rapids shows were filmed last summer in August 2008.

Local airings are scheduled for Monday, April 20th & April 27th, at 8 pm,

but check your local listings for more accurate information for your area.

Van Andel Museum Grand Rapids Michigan

We are anxious to see what the Roadshow has selected for our Grand Rapids

area, though I think we will see people from all over the state and bordering

states, not just Grand Rapidians bringing their treasures in for evaluation. 

Since Grand Rapids was known as "furniture city" during the second half of the

19th century, it will be fascinating to see what is highlighted. 

 

The big names in fine furniture: Baker, Knapp & Tubbs, Kindel, John Widdicomb,

 and Mastercraft were all based here in the city of Grand Rapids.   Sadly, only

Kindel Furniture Company still remains in our city producing fine furniture. 

The others have relocated to North Carolina or have gone out of business. 

We are now known for making office furniture here in West Michigan.

 If you are interested in the Grand Rapids furniture industry, there is a detailed

exhibit at the Van Andel Museum that will walk you through, from the start in the

1850's to the furniture produced today.

 

Berkey & Gaye Tambour Secretary circa 1865

This is a photo of the Berkey & Gaye Secretary circa 1865 that we entered

into the Roadshow furniture lottery.  Antique Roadshow didn't think our

antique secretary was  rare enough to feature on their broadcast.   I am

showing it here to give you an idea of the craftmanship that was produced

 in Grand Rapids furniture factories 1850's to the late 1980's.

 

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Rainmaker
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Teri Eckholm
Acreage & Lakeshore REALTOR Minneapolis St Paul
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Terry--What fun! I love watching this show. It was interesting to see the episode when they came to Minneapolis. I love the reactions and the history that is with the different objects.

April 12, 2009 09:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner

Pat; We will watch the rebroadcast of the Grand Rapids show who knows we might know someone that finds the Gazzillion bucks.

April 12, 2009 09:16 AM
Rainmaker
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner

Teri: I am guessing with the Furniture industry history we should have some interesting pieces.

April 12, 2009 09:17 AM
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Tom Plant
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Terry - Grand Rapidians - what a great term. I haven't watched AR in a while. It's a fun show.

April 12, 2009 09:48 AM
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner

Tom: We enjoy the area and I have been a Grand Rapidian for a long time. We are looking forward to the the broadcast of the show.

April 12, 2009 07:45 PM
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