All That Glitters Isn't Antique Gold

The battered silver pocket watch has been in my husband's family since his great-great-grandfather, an Ohio volunteer, carried it in the Civil War. On the back is a crude carving of a soldier with knapsack and forage cap, holding a rifle. Family legend says he carved the image while encamped. We've always wondered about its value, so like thousands of other Denverites, when Chubb's Antiques Roadshow came to my city, I schlepped through the rain, treasure in hand. Secretly, of course, I hoped that the watch was worth a bundle and I would be one of the lucky ones chosen for a taped appraisal, to be shown later on Antiques Roadshow on PBS.

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