What's It Worth? An Antique Appraisal Event
Sunday, April 28 @ 1:00 pm - hosted by the Ripon Public Library
Pre-Registration is required to have an item appraised (see details below)
Featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wis. Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., he has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Media's Antiques Group. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman's Antiques & Collectibles. Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years.
Mark Moran will be at Ripon Public Library on Sunday, April 28 beginning at 1:00 pm for an antique and collectibles appraisal event! There is no charge for an appraisal (see registration info below), but individuals are limited to one item.
Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializiing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman's Antiques & Collectibles.
**Pre-registration, which opens April 1, is required for individuals wishing to have an item appraised by Mr. Moran** Contact the library at 920-748-6160 to find out if space is still available and to secure your appraisal spot. This event is limited to 40 appraisals! Priority will be given to Fond du Lac county residents. Individuals who do not wish to have an item appraised but do want to watch Mr. Moran’s appraisals are welcome to attend without pre-registering.
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 and there is no mileage charge if within 10 miles of the appraisal event site. To arrange, call 715-281-5060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Categories of objects for appraisal may include:
- Fine art including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
- Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best. Photos of large pieces may be sent to Mark in advance)
- 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.
- Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, and silver plate.
- Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural; also pocket and wristwatches
- Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, and earrings.
- Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
- Antique and vintage lighting.
- Sports Memorabilia
See the list of excluded items below. Questions about objects not covered in the list above may be submitted to Mark Moran in advance: 715-281-5060 or email@example.com
- 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.
Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate.
Suggested categories for advance inquiry include, but are not limited to:
- Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic)
- Ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures)
- Fossils and minerals
- Automotive items
- Nautical and military-related objects
- Antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc.).
When in doubt, email inquiry can often address questions about items to be appraised.
Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.