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Appraiser Mark Bridge takes a close look at a lamp brought in by Jerry and Diane Cole, of Nevis. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Unique treasures found at 'Antiques Roadshow'

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Some interesting collectibles were examined at the Hubbard County Historical Society's take on "Antiques Roadshow" Monday evening.

The public was invited to bring items from home to find out the value or discover some history. Mark Bridge, a member of the historical society, offered his skills as an appraiser.

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Ed Rudy, of Park Rapids, brought in a leather satchel with an authentic Japanese map that he thought was likely used during the Battle of Saipan in World War II.

Rudy purchased the items at a yard sale in Huron, S.D. When asked what he paid for the item, he responded, "I'd rather not say ... but it was less than $2."

The satchel had Japanese writing on it that might be key to discovering the origin. He had Hubbard County Historical Society director Connie Henderson take a photo of it to show someone who knows how to read Japanese. He plans to do some more research on the item.

The color map was in good shape, Bridge remarked.

"Maps are very popular among some collectors," he said. "The more colorful they are the more they're worth."

He estimated that Rudy could probably get between $100 and $150 for the map if he found the right person.

"Map collectors are kind of funny," Bridge said.

Bonnie Phyle brought in an antique bell that was possibly used as a butler's bell. It came from her mother's boyfriend but she didn't now much else about it. A date on the item said 1881.

"This has a very nice sound," Bridge remarked.

He estimated it could sell for between $50 and $75.

Jerry and Diane Cole, of Nevis, brought in a lamp they received from his mother, who received it from her parents.

"It came from the Finger Lakes region of New York State," he said. "In 1854, the family had a winery in the area and we think it's from that time."

Diane said she has been "scared to death" of the lamp, which is hand painted, because she's afraid of breaking it.

"I won't even dust it," she said.

As Bridge looked at the lamp he had difficulty determining when it was originally made.

"I can't find any markings on it," he said.

The lamp could have been an oil lamp that was converted to electric later on or it could be made to look older, Bridge said.

One part of the lamp looked like it might have been a reservoir for oil but no one had the tools to open it to examine it more closely.

Bridge said he would look into the lamp some more and be in touch with the Coles. He couldn't guess a price because there were too many unknowns.

Marion Town brought in a folding table she received from her parents, who lived in Evansville. She thinks the table came from the east coast in the early 1900s.

The table featured a painting on top of hunters and their dogs preparing for a fox hunt.

Bridge also wanted to do some more research on the table to determine when it was built.

Monday night's event was the last of the season for the Hubbard County Historical Society.

Members are continuing to fix up the downstairs of the museum this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-29 and encourage anyone to help out. The museum will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. those days.

The museum will open again May 1, 2013.

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
(218) 732-3364
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