Trash or Treasure

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Trash or Treasure
(Treasure Hunt)
Starring Sigmund Rothschild (host)
Nelson Case
Country of origin  United States
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel DuMont
Original run October 1, 1952 – September 27, 1953

Trash or Treasure, later known as Treasure Hunt, is an early American TV series which aired on the DuMont Television Network Thursdays at 9pm ET from October 1, 1952 to September 27, 1953. The show was hosted by Sigmund Rothschild (1917-1991) [1] and Nelson Case (1909-1976).

In the show, owners of collectible items would bring antiques to host Sigmund Rothschild, who would give an opinion on how much they were worth. Rothschild was a self-taught appraiser, who appraised antiques for many celebrities. The program's name was changed to Treasure Hunt in April 1953, according to McNeil (1996).[2]

Rothschild also hosted the similar series What's It Worth? (1948–49 and 1952–53) on CBS Television.

Episode status[edit]

As with most DuMont Network programs, no episodes of Trash or Treasure are known to survive today.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times obituary (November 16, 1991)
  2. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th ed.). New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.


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