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Renee
25 June 2006 @ 10:34 pm
Yesterday, Saturday June 24, 2006, I went to the Antique Roadshow in Salt Lake City, UT. I requested tickets many months ago. It was a whole lot of fun. We waited for about 45 minutes in a very large and fast line to get in. Thank goodness it was indoors and air conditioned. It was exciting waiting in line and talking and looking at others treasures. My good friend Teresa came with me. Once "inside" the main part of the action we where given tickets to wait in the lines for our individual items. I was in the prints and posters line. It didn't take to long to have the people in front of me finish.

What was my treasure you ask? Well it was the "Cow Lady". She is a picture of a milk-maid standing next to a fence with two cows. It's in an old frame with rippled glass. My quest was to find out the painter's name and the title, and if it was worth anything. When it was my turn "the man" (forgot to get the name) asked me "Where did you get this?" He sounded so interested that my heart quickened - I thought, he's interested maybe it's worth something? I told him it's brief history, my Dad got it in the 70's in Upstate New York, from a lady after helping her when her barn burned down. (At least thats what I remember.)

Then I waited with batted breath as he told me what he knew. It is called a chromolithograph, made in the late 1800's about 120 years ago. The reason we don't have a signature on it is because someone cropped down the original so it would fit into the frame. In doing so they removed the signature. He has never seen the subject before so he couldn't tell me the painter. Chromolithographs were purchased by people that couldn't afford to own paintings for decoration. The exciting part it's worth $200 as it is. I wonder what it would of been worth if it hadn't been cropped down? So the family mystery of the "Cow Lady" continues. I need to practice my photography and take it's picture - it's too big to scan.

Worth anything or not she would still take her place on honor on my wall. I have her in a dark hallway so the sunlight doesn't ruin her. The fun side of the story is my mother. She absolutely hated that picture. She was so upset when my father hung it in their living room. Everyone else really liked it, it was old and charming. But, mom just hated it and band it to the garage. It sat many years there until my sister-law Tami asked for it. I had no idea it was even there or I would of asked for it myself. I later learned you needed to speak up when you liked something because they would get ride of things thinking no one wanted them. I "lost" a beautiful old carnival glass pitcher and glasses that way. I was so saddened when my mother sold the set, would of just loved to own it.

How did I come to own the "Cow Lady"? Well when I got really sick in 2001 my sister-law Tami brought it over one day and gave it to me. It made me so happy I just love that picture. Well she's my treasure and I wouldn't sell her to anyone. It has a lot of family memories with it, even if we haven't owed it for a long time. I wonder what my mother would of thought of the "Cow Lady" now that it has an actual monetary value? I guess is not much. I guess we all have our own personal treasures that others might never value as much at all.

After Teresa had her appraisals done on her dolls and baby carriage we found our way out of the main area. We kind of peeked around and saw them filming people that had interesting items. The literature they gave everyone in line says the actual Antiques Road Show from Salt Lake City will air in three episodes. They won't have the schedule date until Fall of 2006. It will air sometime after January 2007. I just had to experience everything and went to the 'After Shots" and got my picture on the camera and told about it and how glad I was to be there. I'm sure I won't be on T.V. but it was at least fun! It was a good day and full of memories.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!
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