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In Memoriam: Antiques Roadshow appraiser Barry Weber, 59

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Written by Independent Media Source and ACN Staff   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 14:36
Barry Weber, image courtesy of Antiques Roadshow.

NEW YORK – Popular Antiques Roadshow appraiser and fine jewelry expert Barry Weber died on Oct. 19, 2010 from bladder cancer. He was 59.

Barry Weber was a 30-year veteran in the field of antique jewelry. He was president and CEO of Edith Weber Inc. of Madison Avenue in New York City, a company specializing in fine antique jewelry for more than 50 years.

Weber grew up in the antiques trade, living in his grandparents' antiques shop as a child and assisting in all facets of their business. He traveled throughout Europe and the United States with his mother, Edith, in search of rare antique jewels for their growing clientele throughout the 1970s and ’80s.

Following in the trail blazed by his mother, Barry Weber was also a specialist in historic jewelry, and had bought and sold jewelry belonging to such notables as George Washington, Lafayette, Napoleon, Lord Byron, Dolly Madison, and many members of European royal families.

Jewels from Edith Weber have been seen at many red carpet events including the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Additionally, they have been featured on the covers of major national magazines such as In Style, W, and People.

Over the last three decades, Edith Weber Jewelry was a featured exhibitor at fine antiques shows throughout the United States. In recent years, the Webers focused their efforts on their three retail locations at the historic Carlyle Hotel in New York City, catering to an international clientele of celebrities, collectors and connoisseurs.

Barry Weber was a member of the Appraisers Association of America and the Jewelry Historians Society of America. He taught antique jewelry appraisal classes at several colleges and universities, pioneering a series of revolutionary hands-on seminars teaching the intricacies of the identification and evaluation of antique jewelry to novices and seasoned industry professionals both.

Widely respected for his wealth of knowledge, Weber also created and supervised the institution of jewelry-vetting standards for all antiques shows managed by the Antiques Council of America, and served as chairman of the Jewelry Standards Committee for the Los Angeles Antiques Show for 13 years. He appraised jewelry for PBS Television’s Antiques Roadshow for 15 seasons.

An accomplished musician and music teacher, Weber had a particular fondness for the blues. He was well known within his large circle of friends for his prowess on slide guitar.

Weber is survived by his wife Sonja, his son Adam, and his mother Edith. His funeral services were held on Oct. 24 at Temple Emanu-el in Long Beach, New York. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue New York, NY 10065, for "The Drs. Bajorin/Russo Bladder Cancer Research Fund."

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Auction Central News wishes to thank the Antiques Roadshow's Publicity Office for biographical information contained in this tribute to Barry Weber.

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