he Waupaca Historical Society will present an antiques and collectibles appraisal fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Holly History and Genealogy Center, located at 321 S. Main St.
Author and antiques expert Mark Moran of Iola will be the featured guest. Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications, 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 was also a guest appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow 2010 tour. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including the 800-page annual Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, now in its 45th edition.
Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana and fine art. He was also a newspaper editor and reporter for three decades. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years.
The cost for an appraisal is $20 per item, with 50 percent of the money raised being returned to the Waupaca Historical Society.
Participants will be assigned an appraisal appointment time, with five minutes allotted for the appraisal of one item. Participants may have up to three items appraised and all appraisal fees will be collected in advance.
The deadline for scheduling an appraisal appointment and for payment of fees is Friday, Sept. 30. Call the Waupaca Historical Society, at 715-256-9980, to schedule an appraisal time slot. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to their appraisal appointment.
Categories for appraisal include paintings, drawings, prints and statuary; smaller pieces of furniture; ceramics, figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware; glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items; advertising, including lithographed tin, paper and figural objects; folk art, including carvings, quilts, textiles, weathervanes and windmill weights; assorted toys, dolls, windups and mechanical banks. Metalware, clocks and costume jewelry may also be appraised..
Participants are asked no to bring any collectible weapons, including knives, although folding knives with advertising are accepted. Also excluded are fine jewelry, including precious gems, pocket and wristwatches; musical instruments, including violins and reed instruments (though some acoustic and early electric guitars are accepted).
The appraisal program is offered as a fundraising event for the Waupaca Historical Society. Residents of Waupaca County are invited to participate.
Moran’s opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.
The program is free and open for those who do not have an item to be appraised but wish to view the appraisals.
For more information, contact the Waupaca Historical Society at 715-256-9980.