Cue the old-timey music and dust off your collectibles! It’s time for Antiques Roadshow: Dental Edition!
One of our favorite TV shows has shown us quite the collection of bygone goodies over the years. And from that collection, there’s been a fair share of dental-related items.
Check out this list of tooth-themed treasures appraised by Antiques Roadshow:
• Dentist Bear ca. 1953
The old toy company, Suzuki & Edwards, created this battery-operated toy, featuring a drilling dentist bear and a little bear patient.
Value: Smith House Toy and Auction sold a Dentist Bear for $570 in 2013.
• Desk and Chair ca. 1950
Denver-based artist, Dr. Harley Niblack, carved this whimsical desk. The catch? He exclusively used dental tools to craft his handmade furniture!
Value: Appraised at $3,000 – $5,000.
• A Whale’s Tooth ca. 1830
A 19th-century artist created scrimshaw works displaying historic ships and landscapes. The medium used? A sperm whale tooth.
Value: Appraised at $150,000 – $200,000
• Dentist’s Office Artwork ca. 1904
The product isn’t exactly dental-related, but it was painted in a dentist’s home office! Dentist Rue Ferguson possessed what he thought to be a simple portrait, but it turned out to be a rare Diego Rivera painting titled,“El Albañil,” meaning the bricklayer.
Value: Appraised at $800,000 – $1 million.
Would you pay big bucks for a smile-worthy souvenir?