A Kit Carson biography that may have belonged to his family members; a saddle linked to Hollywood stuntman Yakima Canutt; "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" sheet music with a curious inscription; a basket that may have been woven by a pivotal player in the Modoc Indian wars.
A bill of sale for a 17-year-old "negro girl" leads to a story of a person who went from being property to owning property; a powder horn is linked to a Revolutionary War soldier from Massachusetts. Also: a handwritten score for "The Star Spangled Banner"; a 1775 almanac that shows strained family ties during the Revolutionary War.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) helps uncover the story behind a poster that shows two black WWI soldiers. Also:a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge that may have been used by George Washington; a transistor radio that may be one of the first of its kind; a Prohibition-era business card that may reveal a man's father's underworld ties.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta helps return a fallen North Vietnamese soldier's diary to his family. Also: whether a notebook of liquor recipes belonged to a Prohibition-era bootlegger; what a ledger says of how Native American actors were treated.
Whether a picture frame was made from the staircase banister of the Titanic or Lusitania; whether Woolworth signs are from the 1960 Winston-Salem, N.C., lunch-counter sit-ins; whether the father of a man's childhood friend was a Nazi spy; whether a journal filled with liquor recipes means the original owner was a bootlegger during the Prohibition era.
Whether two patches that feature a symbol of a bird dropping a bomb are from a World War II unit; if a neckpiece and leggings belonged to Chief Black Kettle, a Cheyenne leader; whether a President Lincoln-signed note is authentic. Also: A tattered piece of red fabric is linked to a pivotal moment in the U.S. Civil War.
Country star Clint Black learns about an old book of wanted posters that he owns. Also: a chunk of molten metal that may be from a B-25 bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945; a 1950s-era slide that may be of pinup queen Bettie Page.
A matched set of Civil War-era pistols; a 78 rpm record from KKK Records that features the songs "The Bright Fiery Cross" and "The Jolly Old Klansman." Also: Eduardo Pagán attempts to prove that Motown bassist James Jamerson owned an Ampeg B-15 amp that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wants to display.
The Season 10 premiere investigates the history of an electric guitar to determine if Bob Dylan played it at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Also: possible Beatle autographs from 1964 Miami Beach; a $5 thrift-store find that may have a Frank Zappa link.