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Small antique furniture welcome at Appraisal Fair next weekend

by Joyce Hollister

Small antique furniture will be welcome at the Carson Valley Historical Society’s first Appraisal Fair set for next weekend in Gardnerville.

Large pieces can’t be brought into the Old Gym Playhouse, says society spokesperson Liz Paul, but people may provide color photos and dimensions of their bigger pieces, and appraisers will attempt to make an appraisal from them.

“The society doesn’t have the resources or manpower to haul in or out large pieces of furniture in the Old Gym Playhouse,” she said. “The person needs to be able to hand carry in (their furniture) and take it out themselves.”

Examples might be a chair, nightstand or hall tree.

Twelve professionals will be appraising myriad antiques and collectibles at this first-ever event for the historical society, set for Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carson Valley antiques dealer Bud Orange, who will be appraising small furniture, will also look at 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” has been a shop owner and appraiser for over 24 years. He is experienced in all fields of Americana and has an extensive background in mining in Nevada, California, Arizona and Colorado, as well as a broad history of the American West.

Among the appraisers will be a 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.

Other professionals to appraise items include Lee Mayfield, photograph records and Wade products; Jerome Evans, Indian art, baskets, pottery, weavings, African and Oceanic tribal art and Latin American folk art; Peter Bergna, paintings, fine art and furniture; Bud Klette, miscellaneous items, books, post cards, antique photos, advertising, fad items, Civil War memorabilia and mining items; Robert Coleman, toys, Beanie Babies, Collectible card games and comics; and Peter Cerquitella of Arundel Auctions of Carson City, lead crystal and small furniture.

“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.

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.

“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.

For more information, call Bower at 267-6097.

the Old Gym Playhouse is located next door to the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center. 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.