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Henry Sheldon Museum Sponsors Antique Appraisal Day

Tuesday September 21, 2010

   Are there treasures in your attic?  Come find out at the Henry Sheldon Museum’s Antique Appraisal Day on Saturday, September 25 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Courtyard Marriott in Middlebury.  Plenty of free parking, easy access in to the building and helpful experts on hand, make this an event not to be missed.  For only $7/item or $25 for four items, people can receive professional information about family heirlooms and collectibles and support the Sheldon at the same time.  

   Expert appraisers will offer verbal appraisals of antiques including furniture, art, glass, bottles, jewelry, dolls, toys, books, ephemera and military items.  Often people who already know the family story of the objects they bring in would like to learn more about the age, style, condition and rarity of their treasures.  Since all these factors ultimately contribute to the object’s monetary value, a good appraiser has to have a deep knowledge of the areas he or she specializes in, as well as a hand on the pulse of the current antiques and collectibles marketplace. Every year new trends emerge in collecting making certain objects “hot.”  

   The seven experienced appraisers who are generously donating their services to the Sheldon’s Appraisal Day share a passion for the work they do.  The appraisers who will put their expertise to work that day are: Jean Grout, a past director of Region 15 of the United Federation of Doll Clubs and a frequent program presenter at the UFDC National Doll Convention. Jean is certified to judge antique dolls at the national level and has volunteered as a doll appraiser at 20 appraisal events throughout Central Vermont. Greg Hamilton, owner of Stone Block Antiques in Vergennes, and Lori Scotnicki, owner of Lori Scotnicki Appraisals, will appraise general antiques, furniture, paintings, silver; glass and china.  Photographs of large objects will be accepted. Holly and Jeff Noordsy, dealers specializing in the sale of early American glass, bottles, earthenware and other domestic arts of the 18th and 19th century. Ralph Shepard, who has spent 55 years collecting US Military Arms and equipment and 40+ years dealing in antique arms and related equipment. His areas of expertise are: military arms and equipment used in North America ca 1755-1945 including: firearms; swords; bayonets; uniforms and buttons; accouterments and appendages. John Wallace, a Graduate Gemologist trained by The Gemological Institute of America and owner of Autumn Gold in Middlebury, will appraise jewelry of any style, material and age. He will also be happy to identify gems and diamonds and is able to separate them from synthetics.

   The Courtyard Marriott is located at 309 Court Street in Middlebury, just south of the center of Middlebury on Rte. 7 South.  For directions or more information about the Antique Appraisal Day, call Sheldon Museum at 802/388-2117.

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