The library is hosting an antiques and collectibles appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert
Mark F. Moran
May 4, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pre-registration and pre-payment with Pittsfield Public Library is required.
Cost is $15 for the first item appraised & $10 for the second item appraised--limit two items per person.
Contact the Library today to register for this event.
There is no charge if you just want to come and observe.
Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., Mark Moran 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.
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 email@example.com.
Categories of objects for appraisal may include:
Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).
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, silver plate.
Clocks, including mantel, hanging and ﬁgural.
Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.
Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
Antique and vintage lighting of all kinds. Books. Sports Memorabilia.
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; 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.
Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certiﬁed appraisal.
Moran's books include:
Antique Trader Guide to Oriental Antiques
Antique Trader Furniture Price Guide
Antique Trader Clock Guide
Antique Trader Guide to Metalware
Antique Trader Vintage Salt & Peppershakers
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 43rd Edition, 2010
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 44th Edition, 2011
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 45th Edition, 2012
Warman's Fenton Glass: Identiﬁcation and Price Guide
Warman's Fenton Glass, Vol. 2
Warman's Guide to Majolica Pottery
Warman's Arts and Crafts Furniture
Warman's Country Antiques
Warman's Fiesta Ware: Identiﬁcation and Price Guide
Warman's Companion, Fiesta Ware
Warman's Gas Station Collectibles
Warman's McCoy Pottery: Identiﬁcation and Price Guide
Warman's Companion, McCoy Pottery
Warman's McCoy Pottery, Vol. 2
Warman's Red Wing Pottery: Identiﬁcation and Price Guide
Warman's Roseville Pottery: Identiﬁcation and Price Guide
Warman’s Guide to Vintage Cookie Jars
Warman’s Guide to Lalique Glass
Warman’s Guide to Tobacco Antiques and Collectibles
Warman’s Guide to Sterling Flatware
Warman’s Guide to Dolls, Vintage to Modern
For more information, contact:
Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art
N7326 Maple Ridge Trail
Iola, Wis. 54945
Visit Moran's website at MarkFMoran.com
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