These are Our Favorite Antiques Roadshow Appraisers

Antiques Roadshow has been on PBS for many years now. In fact, it routinely proves to be one of the local educational network’s most popular shows. In the show, people from different parts of the general public bring their antiques to be appraised by experts. A lot of the time, it’s something that has been sitting in someone’s attic for decades or it was something that was a treasured object within the family, yet no one really knows what it’s worth. In more than a few cases, people go to garage sales or flea markets and pick something up for next to nothing. They then bring it to these appraisers and hopes that they landed something that’s truly valuable and can make them a lot of money.

The idea behind the show is that the appraisers tour from city to city, and the network makes notifications when they are going to be in a specific area. They have a venue set up and notify people when and where to be. They film all of this and televise it, with the idea being that they can educate the general public on how much certain antiques are actually worth. They have a whole host of appraisers, ranging from individuals that have only worked with them for a single season to those who have been around since the very beginning.

Below are five of the most popular Antiques Roadshow appraisers that have ever appeared on the show. Obviously, everybody has their own opinion about who really is the favorite. With that being said, these are easily five of the individuals that tend to get the warmest reactions from a lot of audience members, even when they don’t get the appraisal they were hoping for.

1. Dean Armentrout

Armentrout is from Laguna Beach, California and specializes in clocks. In fact, he has operated his own business as an antique clock restorer and dealer for more than 30 years. Currently in his seventh season as an appraiser for the show, he was actually trained in college as an appraiser and then worked as an apprentice as well. Obviously, he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to just about any type of clock. This is one of the reasons that he’s become so valuable to the show and why so many people have a tendency to trust what he says.

2. Karen Augusta

Augusta lives in Bellows Falls, Vermont and specializes in rugs and textiles, among other things. She is currently in her 13th season as an appraiser on the show, but more importantly, she has more than 40 years worth of experience. Typically, she specializes in various textiles from the 1600s through the 1900s. She even ran her own shop that specialized in these types of products for several years.

3. Kathleen Bailey

Bailey is from Seattle, Washington. In reality, she specializes in a lot of different things but she tries to limit it to things like pottery, glass, porcelain and silver for the purposes of the show. She has been involved with the show in all but one season, so she’s been familiar with the way that it operates since its inception. She also owns an appraisal business of her own that she’s been involved with since the mid-1970s. Moreover, she’s an estate sale expert and she operated her own antique shop between 1980 and 2012.

4. David Bonsey

From New York City, Bonsey specializes in all kinds of musical instruments, especially stringed instruments. While he’s been involved with the show for a number of seasons and he operates his own appraisal business on the side, it doesn’t stop there. He also runs his own business where he makes violins by hand and restores old violins in order to give them new life. As a result, he’s well aware of the value of violins and other string instruments, making him an expert in the field.

5. Robyn Buntin

From Honolulu, Hawaii, Buntin only participated in one season of Antiques Roadshow. Despite that fact, he quickly became an appraiser that many people learned to love. He specializes in paintings and different types of Asian art. While it’s not yet certain whether or not he will continue to be an appraiser on the show for future seasons, he is one that fans continue to watch for, thanks to his expertise and good nature.

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