GUEST: Well, this is a portrait. It's my great-great- grandmother. It was in my grandparents' house
for years and passed down through the family, my dad, and now it's… hanging in my home.
APPRAISER: And where did your great-great-grandmother live?
GUEST: She was born in Essex, Connecticut, and that's all I know other than the year,
I believe it was 1836.
APPRAISER: Essex, Connecticut, is located on the Connecticut shoreline. It's about halfway
between New Haven and New London. This is a primitive portrait. It's an oil on canvas
that was done by an itinerant artist. We have not been able to identify the hand yet.
APPRAISER: So we need to do a little research. This child is two to three years old, so we're
looking at a portrait that was done about 1838. And she's just glorious. It's what you
want in a portrait, and it's what you want in a child's portrait. We see that she's wearing
this wonderful coral …