UConn basketball championship rings among ratings as Middletown Antiques Roadshow visit

MIDDLETOWN — PBS’s Antiques Roadshow aired the second hour of its three-part visit to Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown earlier this week.

Connecticut residents had three items appraised during filming, according to a press release.

Corvette Stingray signed Paul Newman in 1970: This classic car, the very first featured in the series, has a ‘superstar’ accessory: a dashboard signed by legendary actor, philanthropist, racing driver and late Westport resident Paul Newman. Watch the review on youtube.com.

Watson Silver Demitasse Pot, ca. 1915: This antique sterling silver coin was discovered by a young collector in a free stuff box on the street in his hometown of New Haven. He calls it a “genius lamp”, because he wished he was on TV when he was 5, and now it’s come true. Watch the review on youtube.com.

UConn Women’s Basketball Championship Rings: This appraisal features one of the few known collections consisting of all 11 championship rings won by the UConn Women’s Basketball Dynasty. The owner started working for coach Geno Auriemma in 1994 and has been part of the program through the many eras and iconic players. Watch the review on youtube.com.

In another local connection, Joyce Kirkpatrick, founding member of the Middletown Commission on the Arts and volunteer guide for 30 years and chair of the Friends of Long Hill Docent Committee, which helps with the mansion, brought a chair made by John Risley, the Wesleyan University professor of design and sculpture, who died in 2002 at age 83.

His segment did not make the final cut, Kirkpatrick said.

Watch the full episode on youtube.com.

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