Dr. Lori, Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, Dr. Lori hosts antiques appraisal events worldwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on Discovery channel. Visit www.DrLoriV.com, www.Facebook.com/DoctorLori, Lori Verderame on Google+or call (888) 431-1010.
By Lori Verderame
Valuable items found across the United States
I present about 150 antique appraisal shows every year throughout the U.S. These events empower folks with information to use when downsizing or cleaning out their homes, handing down family heirlooms, or visiting estate and yard sales. The fun-filled events serve to show clients appreciation, as opportunities to attract clients to businesses or trade show events, and as festival or fair entertainment. The events are as interesting as they are amusing.
Check my schedule for appraisal events on my website, DrLoriV.com/events. Here are some of the antiques and family heirlooms I’ve recently come across:
Reno, Nevada: Alfred Blakelock’s painting are in the Brooklyn Museum and the Corcoran Gallery. One was brought to my event by a gentleman whose grandfather received the painting in payment of a debt during the Great Depression. It has been displayed in his home ever since. This Romantic painting is now worth $30,000.
Hartville, Ohio: A couple married 35 years brought an early 1900s Native American leather, wood and beadwork baby papoose to my event. I asked the wife if anyone in her family was Native American; she said “No.” Her husband exclaimed, “I am Cheyenne!” He was just as shocked by his wife’s ignorance of their family history as he was by the antique’s value of $10,000.
Virginia Beach, Virginia: Andrea brought me a hand-drawn map of Europe during World War II documenting the sites where the 42nd Rainbow infantry division served. Her father was with the famous division, which liberated the Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945. Her colorful map and a yearbook of photos documenting the 42nd Rainbow’s service are treasured family keepsakes. Value: $5,000.
Grand Island, Nebraska: Tanner, age 5, brought his grandmother’s 1930s-era Bakelite pin shaped like a squirrel pin for an appraisal. Tanner said it was okay for a boy to wear this pin because squirrels are scary animals. The not-so-scary value of that piece of costume jewelry was $275.
Fort Wayne, Indiana: A pair of beaded moccasins, in mint condition, had been in the owner’s family for generations and lovingly stored with tissue paper out of direct sunlight for years. She was told to take care of them and she did. Value: $4,000.
Atlanta, Georgia: Charles brought a Freemason’s apron handmade by the wife of one of his relatives who served in the Civil War. Decorated with the famous symbols of the secret society, the antique was said to have saved the family from certain death as it hung in a front window during the burning of Atlanta. Historical value: priceless.
The Villages, Florida: A 1947 New York Yankees/St. Louis Cardinals World Series ring featuring 14-karat gold and diamonds was brought to me by its owner, a series umpire now in his 90s.
He was still cool underpressure. He didn’t movea muscle when I appraisedit for $20,000.
Greensboro, North Carolina: A copy of a signed, first edition of Gone with the Wind was brought to my event by the granddaughter of a man who had made a pass at Margaret Mitchell in the summer of 1936 while the author was selling her books on an Atlanta sidewalk. She retold the story of how her grandfather, though rejected by Mitchell, bought the famous Civil War novel from the author. That first edition book had it all: famous story, great condition, original cover, Mitchell’s autograph, impeccable provenance and a value of $60,000.
Category: Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori