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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Rainer
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Tim White
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Great story about the rich history of Grand Rapids Terry. How dare they snub your submission? It looks classic to me. I'm going to try to check it out when it comes around.

Apr 08, 2009 09:41 PM #1
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Tim: thanks for the comment it is a nice piece. We will also watch the show. I'm sure some surprises will come up.

Apr 08, 2009 10:34 PM #2
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Todd Clark
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I keep saying I'm going to go to one of these shows to see how much some of my old music memorabilia is worth, like my Victrola and my Edison players.

 

Apr 09, 2009 02:09 AM #3
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Todd: I hope they are worth thousands and you can be one of the excited people that finds that have a valuable item.

Apr 09, 2009 09:39 PM #4
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Wendy Welborne-Kimery
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Great post with good photos!

Apr 10, 2009 09:44 AM #5
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Wendy: Thanks for the comments. It is a nice piece too bad the Roadshow didn't see the value.

Apr 10, 2009 02:45 PM #6
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Bill Gassett
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Terry this sounds like a lot of fun. I like looking at antiques and have a few scattered throughout my home.

Apr 11, 2009 02:55 PM #7
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Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Terry, this sounds great. AND I love office furniture. It's good to know where our furniture comes from when we order it! Great photo as well. ;-)

 

Apr 11, 2009 03:39 PM #8
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Bill: We are looking forward to the rebroadcast of the local show.

Apr 11, 2009 07:19 PM #9
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Teri: we have had so much wood furniture manufactures in our are the the rebroadcast will have some surprises.

Apr 11, 2009 07:21 PM #10
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Terry,

That antique secretary is awesome!  If the Roadshow considers it an also-ran, I'd like to see what they think if top of the heap!

Mike in Tucson

Apr 11, 2009 07:59 PM #11
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Mike: Thanks for the comment we think it is nice but I'm sure our area will bring in some special pieces.

Apr 11, 2009 08:06 PM #12
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Terry, I love it when someone finds out that the piece of "junk" they inherited from Aunt Sophie is worth a gazzillion bucks!  And what a beautiful secretary!  Wow!

Apr 12, 2009 08:48 AM #13
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Teri Eckholm
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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.

Apr 12, 2009 09:01 AM #14
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Pat; We will watch the rebroadcast of the Grand Rapids show who knows we might know someone that finds the Gazzillion bucks.

Apr 12, 2009 09:16 AM #15
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Teri: I am guessing with the Furniture industry history we should have some interesting pieces.

Apr 12, 2009 09:17 AM #16
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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.

Apr 12, 2009 09:48 AM #17
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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.

Apr 12, 2009 07:45 PM #18
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