ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | Fort Worth, Hour 3 Preview | PBS

GUEST: Well, I went to an estate sale here
in Fort Worth, and found this underneath the table. Didn’t think much of it. It was just a bucket. So I opened the lid and saw what was in it,
and then asked them what they wanted for it, without letting them know that… what was
in it. And they didn’t look, so… APPRAISER: Hold that thought– let’s have
a look at what’s in it. When you brought this to the table, it looks
like an old bucket, kind of rusty metal. And then we looked inside it. And opening it up, you can see immediately
this is something special. There is a mark on it, and it’s the mark of
one of the Mayer family of potters, Mayer of Burslem. And we can date this mark to the early Victorian
years. Dates through about 1840. And I think the best way to describe it is
a Victorian porta potty. Every large manufacturer in Staffordshire
at the time, and Burslem, where this was made, had a line of what was called sanitary ware. The Mayer were probably best known… you
see their mark on conventional blue and white printed ware– plates, tableware, meat platters,
things like that. And I think it’s a fabulous example of early
Victorian sanitary manufacturing. So let’s take a look at how it works. This is the business end of it. And when it’s done, there would be a jug nearby
full of water that could be poured into it to flush it. The center is, as you can see, hinged on a
counterbalance to flush into the bottom of the pan. I’ve seen Victorian sanitary ware over the
years. Most of it is later into the Victorian period,
and quite complicated, quite decorative. It’s not unusual. I also think it’s very discreet, which is
one of the things I love about it. To me, this is made for the garden, possibly
for use on a picnic, which the Victorians loved to do, or– they had very large gardens–
perhaps in a conservatory or somewhere out in the corner, perfect for a garden party
use. The paint on the outside is entirely original
to the piece. This is painted metal, probably zinc. I don’t think anything’s been done to this
since it was new in about 1840. And that’s one of the things I love about
it. How much did you pay for it in that sale? GUEST: I paid $30. APPRAISER: Well, I think you are, as we say,
on the right side of it there. $30, how can you go wrong, for something from
1840 that’s rare, and a great curiosity? And I think it’s a great auction item. I suspect you could estimate it for at least
$1,000, and put a high estimate on it of perhaps $2,000. GUEST: The artwork inside is pretty nice for
it to be inside of a toilet bowl.

5 Replies to “ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | Fort Worth, Hour 3 Preview | PBS”

  1. im always wary when the appraisers work for an auction house… instead of a museum… or scholarly trained antiquarian..

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