Mark Moran, a professional appraiser and guest expert on Antiques Roadshow, will be at the Main Library to give you his opinion on the value of your items. Spectators are welcome to drop in throughout the program.
Registration required to have an item appraised – limited to the first 40 signed up. You will be limited to one item and given a spot in a one-hour time slot. Registration opens April 1. Call 309-444-2241 to register.
Mr. Moran is available to make home visits for people with big things, or fragile things (or a lot of things). House calls are $75 an hour (a portion of which goes back to the library) and there is no mileage charge if within 10 miles of the appraisal event site. To arrange, call 715-281-5060 or email email@example.com.
Categories of objects for appraisal may include: Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary; furniture (usually smaller pieces are best); ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware; glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items; vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes; advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects; folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and “outsider” art; assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks; metal ware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate; clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural; costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, and earrings; musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments; antique and vintage lighting of all kinds; books and sports memorabilia.
Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.