Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Augustine Landing Hosts Its Own Version of 'Antiques Roadshow'; Jewelry, Art and a Sword Were among Items Appraised at the Event

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Augustine Landing Hosts Its Own Version of 'Antiques Roadshow'; Jewelry, Art and a Sword Were among Items Appraised at the Event

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

The curved sword came out of the tasselled scabbard with a scrape, its leather-clad grip tattered, its blade tarnished.

Laid atop the glass table in the octagonal common room at Mandarin's Augustine Landing retirement community, it was a relic of a war long ago.

But Peter and Dee Schwab wondered which war. The couple came in from Ponte Vedra Beach to show the sword to antique appraiser Barbara Langston, in a neighborhood version of PBS's "Antiques Roadshow."

"It's possibly Civil War, looking at the handle. But what is it lacking? Condition," Langston said. "Based on just its condition and not being able to verify it's Civil War, I would merely put it at $100."

With the admonition to take it to a Civil War expert for further review, Peter Schwab said he's OK with what he learned about the sword and an antique violin.

"Except for the fact that this isn't a real Stradivarius, I am very disappointed," he said with a sarcastic laugh. "Other than that, I am very happy. We will take the sword to [the expert]."

Northside resident Tom Sellers did better when he carefully unwrapped a jar from layers of newspaper and handed it to Langston. A creamy green in color, it had leaves, flowers and imprints of deer on it.

"I inherited it," Sellers said. "I just don't know exactly what it's worth or how to treat it. I think it has collector value"

It is a rare Weller Pottery piece, circa 1920s to 1940s, valued at $1,200 to $1,500, according to Langston.

"Let's put it this way: I wouldn't let my grandchildren play with it," Langston said. "On a scale of one to 10, it's rated a nine in desirability. It is a very high-end piece in excellent condition."

Augustine Landing holds regular antique-appraisal fairs at its facility at 10141 Old St. Augustine Road, open to residents and visitors. Langston, a consultant for TV's "Antiques Roadshow," is a professional appraiser who soon laid out the tools of her trade on the table - a jewelry scale, a magnifying glass and two copies of antique price guides. Then residents and visitors lined up with lamps, statues, wooden boxes, even a violin case.

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