An Antiques Roadshow-style appraisal was recently held as part of Whitefield Community Day in the U.S state of Maine. The evaluations were mostly carried out free of charge, thanks to a £250 donation from the Lions Club.
An antiques expert was positioned at a table in a marquee, working his way through the long line of people who had brought an assortment of treasures.
The appraisal was just one of the many events being held as part of the Community Day. There was also a bouncy castle, food and a race which was held early the same morning, with 88 runners taking part.
The weather caused a few problems for the event, but volunteers worked together to make sure the show went on.
Sue McKeen, the head organiser, commented on the success of the event, as people listened to the visiting expert giving valuations. One gentleman had brought along a couple of items to be valued, including a gold plated hunter watch which had previously belonged to his mother. The watch was valued between £47 and £81 and was dated between 1880 and 1895.
Teenager Dakota Perkins had brought along part of a stamp collection to be valued. However, the appraiser recommended that a specialist would be able to give a more accurate valuation.
A reputable antiques dealer who specialises in a particular subject is more likely to be able to provide an accurate valuation. For instance, a dealer who works regularly with antique furniture will be able to appraise antique bookcases. Preston has a number of dealers which provide valuations and quality pieces for locals.
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