Appraisal Fair to offer 12 experts in Gardnerville this weekend |

Appraisal Fair to offer 12 experts in Gardnerville this weekend

Staff reports

Twelve professionals will be appraising antiques and collectibles at the first-ever Appraisal Fair sponsored by the Carson Valley Historical Society, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost for appraisals is $15 per item, and there is a three-item limit. Members of the historical society will pay $10 per item. All appraisals will be given orally.

The event will be held in the Old Gym Playhouse, located next door to the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

“This fund-raising event will be used in maintaining the artifacts at our Genoa Courthouse Museum and the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville,” said Grace Bower, fund-raising chairman for the historical society.

Among the dozen appraisers at the Appraisal Fair will be Valley native Taryn Miller, who is an expert in fine and antique jewelry and secondarily watches and wristwatches. She is the former director of fine jewelry for Butterfield and Butterfield, for Christie’s Auction House West Coast and for Shreve and Co. in San Francisco. She is currently with San Francisco Provident and Loan.

Carson Valley antiques dealer Bud Orange will be appraising small furniture, tools, fishing and nautical items, sports, kitchen, advertising, telephones, scientific instruments, knives, medical and dental items.

His wife JoAnn will appraise decorative arts glass, china, porcelain and crystal bottles.

Lena Black, owner of Antique Alley in Reno, will appraise dolls, doll accessories and linens.

Randy Bessler, broker and collector from Carson City who has been in the antique business since 1978, is an expert in all military items, modern and antique firearms, swords and uniforms.

Fred Holabird of “Fred Holabird’s Americana” is experienced in all fields of Americana and has an extensive background in mining as well as a broad history of the American West.

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.

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.

Arts and Antiques owners Bud 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 Carson City.

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.

Lee Mayfield, an independent appraiser for over 20 years, will appraise phonograph records and wade products.

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

Only furniture that can be hand-carried into the gym will be appraised at the fair.

For more information, call 782-2555.