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Our Appraisal Experience

We specialize in appraising rare antiques and fine art. It is important to engage someone with extensive experience to assist you in having your rare personal property appraised. We have been dealing with, collecting and appraising fine American antiques and art for over 24 years and have handled many important items and collections. As a result, we have a broad experience that enables us to accurately evaluate your important possessions.

How do appraisals work? How do you know what my items are worth?  

The marketplace for antique and art is very complex and constantly changing. We are experienced researchers in finding the key data that will be used to determine the market value of your property. The appraisal also has to consider the international marketplace. What is collected in our local area is often significantly different than what is collected in another region. We take these regional differences into account when appraising your material. We also study trends in the market. The antiques and art markets are like the stock markets—not always up and not always down.

When should I get an appraisal? Why do I need one?

An appraisal provides you and your family with an accurate picture of what your items are worth, should they need to be replaced. You will receive a list with your items and the associated values. Most often appraisals are used for insurance purposes, but can also be useful if you decide to sell your antiques at any point. We recommend having your appraisal updated at least every 5 years. It may be necessary also to have it updated if you choose to alter your insurance coverage or if other estate changes take place, such as when you change your will or are considering a charitable donation to a non profit entity.

What items are worth appraising?

Many times people assume that the only kind of personal property that they should have appraised must be 100 + plus years old. A good rule of thumb is to make an initial inquiry with us, and we can help to point out which of your items may have value potential. There are pieces of art less than 20 years old that have value because that value is based on the reputation of the artist, and not on his age. Likewise just because a piece of furniture or other object is 100 years old does not mean that it has a lot of value. It’s best to have an expert eye look at your items and determine which pieces are worth appraising.

Items that may have significant value that you may wish to have appraised can include:
  • Sterling Silver
  • Coins
  • Art, Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Photographs
  • Books
  • Historical Documents
  • Furniture
  • Jewelry
  • Watches
  • Clocks
  • Toys
  • Native American: Rugs, Jewelry, Beadwork, Baskets, Pottery, Clothing, Arrowheads and Other Cultural Artifacts.
  • Mexican: Jewelry, Pottery, Furniture, Art, Weavings, Religious Artifacts.
  • Weapons: Guns, Knives.
  • Pottery, Stoneware
  • Military: Uniforms, Weapons, Equipment, Insignia Medals and Patches, Photography.
  • Frontier: Cowboy Clothing and Gear, Spurs, Horse Tack, Saddles, Chaps, Bridles, Brand Books.
How much does an appraisal cost?

If you decide to contract us to complete your personal property appraisal, we will bill for time and travel. Having a free consultation with us beforehand can help to estimate the cost of your appraisal and to consider focusing on the items that have the most value.

Call us today for a no obligation consult about any of your appraisal needs.