Antiques Appraisal Day draws record turnout

Proceedings start early, last well beyond scheduled time

Story by Marion Dunn, Photos by Jim Cerny

When they started thirty minutes ahead of time, the crowd was gathering fast. It was clear that the Second Annual Appraisal Day was going to be a huge success. And it did not stop until the last of the appraisals were done hours after the scheduled time.

The anxious crowd (left) and appraiser Aime Sevigny of Dover.(right).

Since the library was the appraisal site, many who had numbers felt free to visit the Town Museum while they were waiting. But many stayed on the chairs and stairways leading down to the appraisal room. Many talked “antiques” with their neighbor.

Ticket sellers, Michael Mittelman (left) and Rebecca Marden (right).

The appraisal cost for one item was three dollars, for three it was five dollars and for five items it was ten dollars. All were easy to transport and move in an out with one person.  The verbal appraisals were conducted by three professional estate auctioneers: Aime Sevigny of Dover, Dan Olmstead of Newfields and Stephen Bennett of Portsmouth.

Appraiser Dan Olmstead of Newfields (left) and Stephen Bennett of Portsmouth (right).

Everyone had a small or large box, a canvas bag, an easel which was carefully covered up, or an old rug hiding something yet to be disclosed. When it was their turn, the item was placed on the card table and unwrapped. And then it was treasure after treasure—candlesticks, pottery, rifles, paintings, clocks, china, ivory, jewelry, etc.

Appraisal action underway (left) and a gold-framed painting waiting on wheels (right).

Some of the items featured:

Dress jacket (left) and pewter pitcher (right).

Examining a chair.

Russian icon (left) and clocks (right).

Box with miniature baskets (left) and mahjongg set (right).

Percussion rifle (left) and tin circus toy (right).

Old Man of the Mountains plate (left) and flowered dish (right).

Carved elephant tusk, bottom (left) and top (right).

Red decorative glass (left) and ten-dollar gold coin (right).

Framed print (left) and glass rolling pin (right).

Circular framed print (left) and recumbent dog (right).

Silver spoons.

September, 2007