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cowboy invaluable as appraiser on hit PBS show

cowboy invaluable as appraiser on hit PBS show
"Antiques Roadshow" has 150 expert appraisers of everything from dolls and jewelry to manuscripts and weaponry. One of those experts is San Antonio resident , and if you have any tribal art or artifacts stashed away,baskets isabel marant, he's the guy to tell you all about them.
"Bruce is one of my favorite cowboys around," said "Antiques Roadshow" executive producer . "He's a scholarly cowboy. He knows his stuff."
Shackelford has appraised American Indian items on the hit PBS series since its first season in 1997, when producers from curator at the , and the call to participate in the show came just as a nationally touring exhibit he curated, "Thundering Hooves: Five Centuries of Horsepower in the American West," closed.
"I said I'd do it, but I had always been consulting. I was never the guy on TV,isabel marant sneakers pas cher," Shackelford said. "I wasn't thrilled about it."
The show, now broadcasting its 17th season, is PBS' highest-rated series. Despite Shackelford's trepidation about being in front of the camera, Bemko says he's a natural.
"He's approachable and can talk to you in everyday terms about what you're learning about," she said. "That kind of stuff is contagious when you're talking about history, because when someone loves what they're doing the way he does, it's not just a lesson anymore."
Originally from Abilene, Shackelford's interest in art and history started in childhood. He grew up in a house with American art on the walls and heard stories from his grandmother about her next-door neighbors, who were members of the Parker family of Texas pioneers. "The catch is knowing the cultural importance."
After hearing generations' worth of family lore, sometimes Shackelford has to be the bearer of bad news: Many times items are fake or not historically or culturally significant.
But on the opposite end of the spectrum, sometimes items are so rare that there's no comparable market and a value cannot be assessed; these can include items made from parts of animals or plants that are now on endangered species lists.
"I've seen things so marvelous and rare," he said. "The first 10 years I saw so many eagle feathers. People get upset because we won't put a value on it, but it's illegal because you can't sell it."
Those are the segments that tend to be cut from the show, Shackelford said, especially if the person receiving that disappointing appraisal turns out to be "bad news" and needs a security escort from the building.
"Most people just want to know what they've got," he said. "Even if they have something extremely valuable, they rarely want to sell. They just want to know what this thing is they've been dragging around their whole life."
Shackelford is used to being on television now, and he enjoys pitching and filming on-location pieces that run between appraisal segments on the show. He said this season's Corpus Christi episode, which aired Jan. 7, was a standout experience.
"Piece after piece showed up that I thought was a lost thing," he said. "I'd heard about it,isabel marant chaussures, I'd read about it, and all of a sudden there it was. I never would have seen them had I not been with the show.
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