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Appraisal Fair set for September at museum

by Heidi Alder

Do you have an antique piece of furniture stored up in your attic? Have you ever wondered if it’s worth anything? Now’s the time to find out.

Carson Valley’s first Appraisal Fair will be held by the Carson Valley Historical Society on Sept. 11 at the Old Gym Playhouse in Gardnerville.

The group has already secured the services of eight professional appraisers.

“We’ve got really good appraisers, with a minimum of 20 years experience,” Grace Bower said. “It should be really nice.”

Bower is the fund-raising chairman for the historical society.

The appraisers were very responsive to Bower’s request to volunteer their time at the fair, she said.

“They’re as excited as we are,” Bower said.

Those who come to the fair are allowed a maximum of three items, and the cost is $15 per item for the general public. The cost for Carson Valley Historical Society members will be $10 per item.

“There will be a Carson Valley Historical Society membership table set up outside the Old Gym Playhouse for those who wish to become members of the society and to take advantage of the special rate,” said Liz Paul, publicity chairman and trustee for the historical society.

The appraisers will be standing at tables and will give oral appraisals.

Items will only be appraised, and if those receiving appraisals wish to sell their items, they must arrange to have it auctioned or sold at a later date, Bower said. The society want to provide appraisals to as many people as possible.

The eight appraisers organizers have secured are all highly qualified.

Peter Bergna is the Western Regional Representative for Butterfield and Butterfield at Incline Village and has over 35 years experience. He will appraise fine art and paintings.

The former director of fine jewelry for Butterfield and Butterfield Auction House, Taryn Miller ( a native of Carson Valley), will cover wristwatches and pocket watches. She is the director of fine jewelry on the West Coast for Christie’s Auction House and Skinner’s Auction House in Boston and is head estate buyer for Shreve and Co. in San Francisco.

With over 20 years of professional appraising with antique and contemporary art of the native peoples of Oceania, Africa and North and South America, Jerome Evans from South Lake Tahoe will appraise Indian baskets, pottery, weavings, tribal and folk art.

The owners of Minden’s The House of Orange, JoAnn and Bud Orange, will apply their 25-plus years of experience to decorative arts. JoAnn will focus on glassware, while Bud appraises antique furniture.

Arts and Antiques owners Bud and Gayle Klette from Carson City with over 30 years of experience will appraise books, antique photos, mining materials, advertising, Civil War memorabilia, maps and post cards.

Lead crystal and small furniture will be appraised by Pete Cerquitella, owner of Arundel Auctions in Reno.

Robert Coleman, owner of Collectors Den in Carson City, will appraise toys, Beanie Babies, collectible card games and comic books. He has over 20 years experience.

An independent appraiser with over 20 years of experience, Lee Mayfield will appraise phonograph records and Wade products.

“In the next few weeks we hope to confirm a few more appraisers for this special event,” Bower said.”

Funds raised from the Appraisal Fair will be used in maintaining the artifacts at the Genoa Courthouse Museum and the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

The Appraisal Fair will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Old Gym Playhouse, Gardnerville, next door to the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395.

For more information, call Bower at 265-6097.