Carroll historical society to host antique appraisals

The Historical Society of Carroll County will host its 13th annual Antiques Appraisal Day Saturday.

The event, which is the Historical Society's largest fundraiser, offers an opportunity to have antique items appraised locally by professionals.

Last year, a 1961 Chevy Impala was valued at more than $75,000, a chest of Stieff silver flatware was appraised at more than $15,000, and a Civil War-era rifle was valued at about $3,000.

“The objects we appraise always differ from year to year, and are quite fascinating,” James Lightner, co-chair of the event said in a statement.  “People scour their attics to bring things they’ve held for decades, to see what they’re worth. The quality varies widely, from hidden treasures maybe worth thousands to sentimental keepsakes that, unfortunately, aren’t worth a dime."

Appraisals are $20 for the first item, $30 for two items, and $35 for a maximum of three.

When owners receive good news on the value of their items, they take the next step of getting an independent written appraisal to increase insurance coverage.

Appraisal experts are expected to evaluate quilts and textiles, dolls, fine and decorative arts, furniture, Persian and oriental rugs, military items, antique firearms, Civil War artifacts, nautical items, primitives, architectural items, toys, paintings, prints, glassware, brass, tin, coins, silver, watches, ceramics, musical instruments, jewelry, and clocks.

Free parking is available and visitors also will enjoy films of prior Antiques Appraisal Day programs and other historical fare produced by Historical Society Trustee Frank Batavick, a retired producer at Maryland Public Television. 

No appointments are necessary with the event running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post 31 in Westminster.

The Historical Society preserves more than 40,000 historical items from Carroll’s past in three historic buildings on East Main Street in Westminster.

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