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Program 115
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Famous names are thick on the ground in Salford, near Manchester, when ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK experts discover, among other things, Zulu wedding beads from the 1900s accompanied by some rare photos, an American scrimshaw whale's tooth bought for £5, and a drawing by L.S. Lowry.

Zulu wedding beads appraised by Bunnie Campione

Zulu wedding beads An exotic collection of Zulu wedding beads were brought back in 1902 by the owner's grandfather, who was a British soldier during the Boer War. But the photographs of the Zulu women actually wearing their wedding adornments only came to light about six years ago, hidden in an envelope. Bunny Campione is fascinated by the photos because beads are often found on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK, but she's never seen how they were actually worn. Bunny notes that "they are in fantastic condition" and are very collectible today. She says the photos are worth £80 to £100 ($120 to $150) each and the beads £500 ($750).


19th-century scrimshaw appraised by John Baddeley

19th-century scrimshaw In the 1960s the owner acquired this piece of scrimshaw—or carved whale's tooth—from a merchant marine sailor for £5. But what makes this whale's tooth particularly interesting—and troublesome—is that it bears a crude engraving of the words "Jim Crow for New York" on its surface. In the late 1820s a performer named Thomas Dartmouth Rice popularized the minstrel caricature of a dancing plantation slave. He called his act "Jim Crow," and John Baddeley thinks the name on the scrimshaw is probably a reference to that. Later, "Jim Crow" came to refer to the laws that segregated whites and blacks in the United States, especially in the South. John Baddeley values the piece at £6,000 to £8,000 ($9,000 to $12,000). "You've really astounded me," says the owner.


L.S. Lowry sketch appraised by Stephen Somerville

L.S. Lowry sketch The owner of a sketch by renowned British painter L.S. Lowry came by it through a maiden aunt. Born in 1887, Lowry was a native of Salford. The sketch depicts the rebuilding of the old Rylands store in Manchester in 1929. Stephen Somerville likes the composition of the drawing, which shows lots of detail and activity. He points out that there are quite a few fake Lowry drawings in circulation, and this piece should be checked with Salford's Lowry Centre for authentication. He does feel, however, that this one "smells right" and believes it is genuine. The owners are very surprised when Stephen values the sketch at £30,000 ($45,000).


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