BRIMFIELD — Leigh Keno remembers when a New Jersey girl introduced a card desk to be appraised by consultants on the “Antiques Roadshow” through the first or second season of the favored PBS tv program.
After Leigh Keno and his twin brother Leslie ripped paper from the underside of the desk, they found a label disclosing that the desk was made in Boston by John and Thomas Seymour in 1798. Leigh Keno instructed her the desk was value between $150,000 and $200,000.
“She purchased it at a tag sale for $25,” Keno stated Saturday
That was the dream of the dozen or so individuals who introduced rugs, clocks, jewellery, work, vases and different gadgets to the Hertan’s Vintage Exhibits discipline to be appraised by Keno Saturday through the July manufacturing of the favored Brimfield Antiques Flea Markets.
Sorry, sudden wealth wasn’t within the playing cards for these individuals on Saturday afternoon though most had been pleased with Keno’s value determinations.
Keno will start his twenty fifth season with the PBS present in August to televised from the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Conn. “I can’t speak about it, nevertheless it’s thrilling,” he stated. His look in Brimfield was made potential by Klia Ververidis, proprietor of the Hertan’s discipline and a buddy. A portion of the ticket proceeds from Keno’s look will probably be donated to The Hitchcock Free Academy, a nonprofit in Brimfield.
Keno isn’t any stranger to Brimfield.
“I’ve been coming right here since I used to be 12 years outdated and I’m 64,” he stated. “I like Brimfield. I bear in mind when it was only a one-day present. We used to sneak over the fence at like 4 within the morning, which you will get away with while you’re 11 and 12.”
The July present marked the total return of Brimfield following the one-year hiatus attributable to the coronavirus pandemic. Just one discipline – Brimfield Public sale Acres, acknowledged by many because the birthplace of the decades-old exhibits – was in a position to open in Could. All fields are open for the July present, which ends Sunday. Keno stated he seen that folks had been completely happy the exhibits have returned.
“I walked round this morning and folks appeared excited.” he stated. “I do assume it’s a wealthy space for antiques.”
Along with the PBS present, Keno owns one of many premiere public sale homes on New York’s Higher East Aspect. So is his home crammed with antiques?
“It’s, it’s,” he stated. “by default.”