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Antique & Collectible Appraisal at library April 10

March 16, 2018
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Traer Public Library presents an antiques and collectibles appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wisconcin on Tuesday, April 10 from 3:30-6:30PM

Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wisconsin, he has also been a contribuiting editor for Antique Trader magazine. He was served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producter of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; as editoral director of F+W Media's Antiques Group and has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow.

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 Colelctibles.

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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.

To have your item appraised by Mr. Moran pre-registration is required, there is a cost of $10.00 per item. The fee needs to be paid at time of registration or within 3 days if registration is made by phone or email. Please stop in at the library, or call 319-478-2180 or email Rosanne Foster at

The event will be open to the public to come and watch the appraisal process.

Moran is available to make home visits for people with big things, or fragile things (or lots of things.) House calls are $75.00 an hour and there is no mileage charge if within 10 miles of the library. To arrange call 715-281-5060 or email

Categories of objects for appraisal may include

-Fine art, including paints, drawings, prints and statuary

-Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best)

-Ceramics, including figual 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 clarvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider"aret.

-Assorted toys, including dolls 9bisque, composition and plastic) windups and mechanical banks

-Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, potmetal, silver, silver plate

-Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figual

-Costume jewelry, including brooches, braceletes, earrings

-Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments


-Sports Memorabilia

Excluded items

-All weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are acceptable) traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; conis 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 objexts (African, Oceanic); ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures); fossils and minerals; automotive items; nautical and military-related objects; records; 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 this.

Opinons of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.



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