Full Episode | Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Hour 2 | ANTIQUES ROADSHOW || PBS

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6 May 202453:25

TLDRIn this episode of 'Antiques Roadshow,' the team visits Akron, Ohio, to appraise a variety of treasures at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. Highlights include a 1920s twin-stone diamond ring estimated at $6,000-$10,000, a Masonic Navajo Indian rug with a retail value of $7,500, and a vintage poster of Marilyn Monroe, initially purchased for $2 in 1953. An Ed Ruscha screen print, 'Two Similar Cities,' is valued between $15,000 and $25,000. A modestly sized diamond from the Great Depression turned out to be a 3.5-carat stone with an estimated value of $40,000. Other items include a Tiffany & Co. silver pitcher designed by Charles Osborne, a quilt from 1848, a cloche hat from Mr. John's Deb-teen line, and a Chinese export porcelain vase from the Ming dynasty. The episode also features a collection of S.L. Jones carvings and drawings, a 16-piece dinnerware set, and a World Series trophy and pin from the 1910 Philadelphia Athletics, which are family heirlooms with significant historical and monetary value.


  • 🏰 Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a historic American country estate built in the early 20th century, with a construction cost equivalent to over $27 million in 2024.
  • 💍 A guest's great-grandmother's twin-stone diamond ring from the 1920s was appraised for $6,000 to $10,000 at auction and $20,000 to $30,000 for insurance.
  • 🏰 The Stan Hywet estate features a 64,500-square-foot Tudor Revival-style mansion with 65 rooms, and was the home of the Seiberling family.
  • 👑 A Masonic Navajo Indian rug with a personal family story and connection to the appraiser's hometown was valued at $7,500 retail and $10,000 for insurance.
  • 📸 A vintage photograph by Margaret Bourke-White, featuring the U.S.S. Akron, was priced between $4,000 to $6,000 at auction.
  • 🖼 An Ed Ruscha screen print, 'Two Similar Cities,' was estimated to sell at auction for $15,000 to $25,000.
  • 💎 A diamond ring, purchased secretly by a guest's grandmother during the Great Depression, was valued at a retail price of at least $40,000.
  • 🎵 Stan Hywet Hall has a 38-by-18-foot custom-made rug in the music room, which could retail for $75,000 to $85,000 in 2024.
  • 🔍 A Tiffany & Co. silver pitcher designed by Charles Osborne was appraised for auction between $25,000 to $35,000 and for insurance around $55,000 to $60,000.
  • 🏞 A family quilt from 1848, made from worn dresses and featuring signatures of community members, was suggested to be insured for $3,500.
  • 🎩 A cloche-style hat from Mr. John's Deb-teen line was estimated to be worth between $150 and $200.

Q & A

  • What is the significance of the name 'Stan Hywet'?

    -Stan Hywet is Old English for 'stone quarry,' which was named after a natural feature on the original 1,500-acre property.

  • When was Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens completed?

    -Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens was completed in 1915.

  • What was the construction cost of Stan Hywet Hall in today's currency?

    -The construction cost was around $900,000, which is equivalent to over $27 million in 2024.

  • How many rooms does the Tudor Revival-style mansion at Stan Hywet have?

    -The mansion has 65 rooms.

  • What is the estimated auction value of the great-grandmother's ring mentioned in the transcript?

    -The estimated auction value of the ring is between $6,000 and $10,000.

  • What is the historical context of the Masonic Navajo Indian rug?

    -The rug was acquired by the owner's great-grandfather in the 1930s in New Mexico, who traded his construction work for it as he was a fellow Mason.

  • What is the connection between the Masonic values and the Navajo values as mentioned in the transcript?

    -Both the Masonic and Navajo values emphasize altruism, family, and community, which creates a connection between the two.

  • What is the estimated value of the Masonic Navajo rug?

    -The estimated retail value of the rug is about $7,500, with an insurance replacement value of around $10,000.

  • What is the historical significance of the photograph by Margaret Bourke-White?

    -The photograph is of the U.S.S. Akron airship and was made of duralumin, the same material used in the construction of the airship. It was given as a gift to employees of the zeppelin company and represents Margaret Bourke-White's ability to humanize industrial objects.

  • What is the estimated auction value of the Ed Ruscha screen print?

    -The estimated auction value of the Ed Ruscha screen print is between $15,000 to $25,000.

  • What is the story behind the large diamond ring that was appraised?

    -The ring was purchased by the owner's grandmother during the late 1950s to early 1960s as an upgrade to her modest wedding ring from the Great Depression era. She saved up money for years to buy the diamond in New York City.



🏰 Exploring Treasures at Stan Hywet Hall

The video script begins with Coral Peña at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio, discussing the estate's history, architecture, and the treasures appraised during an episode of 'Antiques Roadshow'. The estate, named after a natural stone quarry, was completed in 1915 at a cost equivalent to over $27 million in 2024. The property includes a 64,500-square-foot mansion with 65 rooms, 18 bedrooms, and 23 bathrooms. The Seiberling family's home is now a historic house museum and garden. Appraisals include a great-grandmother's twin-stone diamond ring from the 1920s, a Masonic Navajo Indian rug with a family and Masonic history, and a photograph by Margaret Bourke-White of the U.S.S. Akron airship.


🎨 The Value and History of Artwork and Collectibles

The second paragraph features various appraisals including an Ed Ruscha screen print titled 'Two Similar Cities', a diamond ring upgraded by a modest woman during the Great Depression, and a vintage Arts and Crafts kerosene lamp. Additionally, a silver pitcher with a connection to Charles Osborne and Tiffany & Co. is discussed, along with its significant value due to its historical and artistic significance. The appraisals highlight the sentimental and monetary value of family heirlooms and collectibles.


👵 Heirlooms and Their Stories

This section of the script covers the appraisal of a 14-karat gold watch with a local Akron, Ohio connection, a quilt from 1848 with historical significance, and a lamp believed to be carnival glass with an uncertain origin. The quilt, made from worn dresses and gifted to a guest's grandmother, holds family and historical value, while the lamp's true nature remains a mystery. The watch is a local treasure signed by an Akron jeweler.


🎼 The Legacy of S.L. Jones and His Art

The focus of this paragraph is on the carvings and drawings of S.L. Jones, a self-taught artist from West Virginia. The guest shares their journey of collecting Jones's work over 20 years, including the emotional connection they have with the pieces. The appraisal reveals the value of the carvings and drawings, with the most significant piece being a wooden carving of a man playing a banjo, which is estimated to be worth between $7,500 and $8,000.


🏺 Chinese Ceramics and World War Mementos

The appraisal of a Chinese ceramic vase with a fahua design from the Ming dynasty, a World War I German bayonet with a unique naval engraving, and a collection of 'Saturday Visiter' newspapers are featured. The vase, despite some damage, is valued at $20,000 for insurance purposes. The bayonet, associated with the Kaiser's Navy, is a rare find and valued between $1,200 and $1,500. The newspapers, offering a glimpse into the past, are appraised at $3,000 to $5,000.


🏆 Baseball Heirlooms and Their Legacy

The guest discusses the heirlooms of their great-grandfather, a major league pitcher who won the World Series with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1910. The items include a Loving Cup Trophy, a lapel pin, and a baseball card. The baseball card, in excellent condition, is valued between $300 and $400. The Loving Cup Trophy is a detailed and rare piece valued at $15,000 to $20,000. The lapel pin, equivalent to a World Series ring, is estimated to sell for $50,000 to $70,000 at auction.


📻 Feedback on Appraisals and Discoveries

The script concludes with the 'Roadshow' Feedback Booth segment, where guests return to share the results of further research or sales following their initial appraisals on the show. Items include an alabaster Ming vase, a 'Friday the 13th' hockey mask, a Moorcroft vase, a painting on canvas, and a couple of Rolex watches. The guests express their satisfaction with the outcomes, highlighting the excitement and value of the discovered treasures.



💡Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow is a television program where appraisers provide on-site estimates of the market value of antiques brought in by the public. In the script, it is the setting for various people to present their treasures for evaluation, such as the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens episode in Akron, Ohio.

💡Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a historic estate in Akron, Ohio, which serves as the backdrop for the episode. It is an American country estate built during the Industrial Age and completed in 1915, featuring a Tudor Revival-style mansion and beautifully restored gardens.

💡Tudor Revival-style mansion

Tudor Revival-style mansion refers to a type of architecture inspired by the Tudor period in England, characterized by its decorative elements and half-timbering. In the script, the mansion at Stan Hywet is described as a 64,500-square-foot home with 65 rooms, reflecting this architectural style.


An appraisal is a professional assessment of the value of an item, often an antique or collectible. In the context of the video, various items brought to the 'Antiques Roadshow' are appraised by experts, providing insights into their potential market value.

💡Historic house museum

A historic house museum is a museum that preserves a historic house or building and often provides a glimpse into the past, showcasing the architecture, furnishings, and lifestyle of the era. Stan Hywet is described as such a museum, where guests can explore the estate's rich history.

💡Industrial Age

The Industrial Age, also known as the First Industrial Revolution, was a period of significant technological and economic development in the 18th and 19th centuries. The construction of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens during this era highlights the wealth and innovation of the time.

💡Masonic Navajo Indian rug

A Masonic Navajo Indian rug is a specific type of handwoven rug that incorporates Masonic symbols, such as the Square and Compasses, into the traditional Navajo weaving design. The script mentions one such rug that belonged to the guest's great-grandfather, reflecting both Masonic and Navajo cultural heritage.


💡Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White was an influential American photographer and documentarist known for her work in industrial photography. In the script, a photograph by Bourke-White of the U.S.S. Akron airship is discussed, emphasizing her ability to capture the essence of large industrial objects.

💡Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha is a renowned California artist known for his work in the Pop art movement, with a focus on images of Los Angeles and California. The script describes an original screen print by Ruscha, signed and dated 1980, which is appraised for its rarity and artistic significance.

💡Great Depression

The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place during the 1930s. The script refers to the economic hardship during this period when discussing the modest diamond ring given to the guest's grandmother during her marriage in 1935.

💡Arts and Crafts movement

The Arts and Crafts movement was an international design movement against industrialization that flourished between 1860 and 1910. The movement emphasized quality craftsmanship and simplicity of design. In the script, a kerosene lamp from the 1920s is described as an example of this style.


Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio is featured on 'Antiques Roadshow'.

The estate's name, Stan Hywet, means 'stone quarry' in Old English.

The construction of the hall in 1915 cost the equivalent of over $27 million in 2024 dollars.

A Tudor Revival-style mansion with 65 rooms was built on the property.

An appraiser is amazed by a ring's twin-stone design and craftsmanship from the 1920s.

A Masonic Navajo Indian rug has a rich family history and significant cultural value.

The Square and Compasses in the rug's design symbolize living life justly and pleasing to God.

Margaret Bourke-White's photograph of the U.S.S. Akron is valued between $4,000 and $6,000.

An Ed Ruscha screen print, 'Two Similar Cities,' is estimated to sell for $15,000 to $25,000 at auction.

A guest's grandmother's large diamond ring, a lifelong splurge, is appraised to be worth at least $40,000.

A 1920s Arts and Crafts kerosene lamp in perfect condition is valued at $800 to $1,200.

A silver pitcher designed by Charles Osborne for Tiffany & Co. is estimated to auction for $25,000 to $35,000.

Robert C. Crumb's early drawings on placemats are valued as a group between $8,000 and $12,000.

A watch signed by Akron jeweler Frank Laubach and Clemmer is appraised for $1,000 to $1,500.

An 1848 wedding quilt with a 'chimney sweep' pattern and community signatures is a cherished family heirloom.

A Ming dynasty-style vase turns out to be a black marble replica from a later period.

A S.L. Jones carving and drawings collection reflects the artist's love for animals and Appalachian culture.

A guest's inherited World Series championship pin from 1910 is valued between $50,000 and $70,000.