A Navajo First-Phase Chief¿s Blanket

"Antique Roadshow", a PBS program where people bring in their old junk for appraisal, rarely encounters objects worth more than $100. One day, however, a guest brought in a silk blanket said to given to his family by Kit Carson, the famed Western frontiersman. Even that, however, was not the true source of its value; the blanket was determined to be a 19th century Navajo First-Phase Chief's Blanket, a rare demonstration of early Navajo weaving, of which only 50 are estimated to remain today. It was appraised on the show for $350,000 to $500,000, all for something that a man found in his attic.
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( Photo courtesy of PBS / August 15, 2012 )

"Antique Roadshow", a PBS program where people bring in their old junk for appraisal, rarely encounters objects worth more than $100. One day, however, a guest brought in a silk blanket said to given to his family by Kit Carson, the famed Western frontiersman. Even that, however, was not the true source of its value; the blanket was determined to be a 19th century Navajo First-Phase Chief's Blanket, a rare demonstration of early Navajo weaving, of which only 50 are estimated to remain today. It was appraised on the show for $350,000 to $500,000, all for something that a man found in his attic.

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