Sullivan, Knox libraries host antique appraisal events

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The Sullivan County and Knox County Public Libraries will host antique appraisal events featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran on March 2.

The Sullivan County program, at the main library, 100 S. Crowder St., will start 10 a.m. The Knox County program, at 502 N. Seventh St. in Vincennes, will begin at 2:30 p.m.

All items to be appraised must be registered in advance for these events. To register, contact the library help desk or call 812-268-4957 (Sullivan County) or 812-886-4380 (Knox County).

For a fee, Moran will arrange home visits for people with large items or fragile items. No mileage charge will be included in the fee for visits within 10 miles of the appraisal event site.

To arrange a home visit, call 715-281-5060 or email

Categories of acceptable objects may include:

  • Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
  • Furniture (photos of large pieces may be sent to me in advance).
  • Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.
  • Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.
  • Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
  • Advertising, including posters,  lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.
  • Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and “outsider” art.
  • Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.
  • Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.
  • Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural; also pocket and wristwatches.
  • Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.
  • Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
  • Antique and vintage lighting.
  • Books.
  • Sporting Memorabilia.

Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.

Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate. Suggested categories for advance inquiry include, but are not limited to: Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic); ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures); fossils and minerals; books; automotive items; nautical and military-related objects; records; antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc.). When in doubt, email inquiry can often address this.

Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., Moran has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Media’s Antiques Group.

He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles.

Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years.

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