Finding ‘America’s Lost Treasures’ in Wilmington, Delaware

On this episode of America’s Lost Treasures, Curt and Kinga arrive at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington Delaware. The oldest state does not disappoint as its savvy collectors present their historic and unique treasures. Out of these, Curt chooses: A classic Mack truck, a silver goblet owned by Isaac Leeser, and a discharge paper from the Revolutionary War, signed by George Washington, while Kinga chooses a liquor caddy carried throughout the Civil War, a turn of the century graphaphone, and a schoolgirl sampler.

To find out more about their chosen items, Curt and Kinga meet with experts in the history of each item. Curt and the truck’s owner, John McFarland, meet the curator of the Mack Trucks Historical Museum. Later on, Curt meets Rabbi Michael Beals who gives him a lesson in early Jewish American History and the importance of Reverend Isaac Leeser, owner of the Kiddush cup Curt selected.

Meanwhile, Kinga takes John Magoon, owner of the graphaphone, to the Johnson Victrola Museum, and later meets with Glen Watson, co-owner of Reagan-Watson Auctions at Kelly’s Logan House, to talk about Betsy McNamara’s liquor caddy. She also takes John Fredland’s schoolgirl sampler to Amy Finkel, President of M. Finkel & Daughter, dealers of samplers and antiques. Amy gives Kinga a quick lesson in schoolgirl samplers and takes a look at the one Kinga brought in.

Which items are judged unique and meaningful enough to make it into the National Geographic Museum? Tune in to find out!


Don’t miss America’s Lost Treasures: Wilmington, Delaware, tonight at 9P et/pt.


  1. Rebecca Sutton
    Kansas City
    July 25, 2012, 11:41 pm

    I am enjoying everything about the show. Seeing all the treasures and stories behind them is Nat Geo caliber with the exception of your female hostess, Kinga. She comes across as false and of being very aware of her own presence. Her amazed disbelief and inflections belong in a High School Drama Class not in a Nat Geo production. We expect more from a respected institution. Please help me to continue watching.

  2. David Jeslis
    August 2, 2012, 2:04 am

    I’m sorry, how exactly is a goblet featuring the name of an important jewish leader a greater piece of AMERICAN treasure then a document (more fragile) featuring the SIGNATURE of our first president and one of the founders of America, not to mention the document was awarded to a “six-year veteran” of the revolutionary war, who was present at the wars victorious end? I assume it’s all because the rabbi consulted estimated it at 80k (?!?!), while the document was estimated at 25k. Everything about this is wrong.