Antique Appraisals

The Jamestown Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will host an afternoon of antique verbal appraisals from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the DAR House, 70 Prospect St., Jamestown.

Several area antiques dealers, including a local estate sale conductor, will be on hand to provide appraisals on antiques and collectibles. There will be tables of antiques for sale, finger foods and beverages, as well as a tour of the historic mansion will be offered. Admission and one item for appraisal is $5, and each additional item is also $5. For larger items, a good photo may be used. All proceeds will be used by the chapter to pay for the recent heating and insulation project. Appraisers participating are:

Patty Willis is a Lakewood resident whose knowledge area is arts and crafts, period furniture and decor, hammered copper, 20th century and 19th century antique furniture, majolica, ceramic pottery, Raggedy Ann dolls, Chautauqua Lake-related items, quilts, Russel Welch Paintings, clocks, lamps and lighting, fabrics and general line antiques.

John Nathan is a Jamestown resident with a wide knowledge base. Nathan is familiar with Griswold cast iron, hand forged tools, jewelry, fountain pens, desk top inkwells and accessories, pocket knives, walking sticks and canes, pocket and wristwatches, turned wooden items, books, antique firearms, small advertising items, primitives, and older collectibles.

Bob Johnston, a McClurg Mansion and Chautauqua County Historical Society board member, will be able to appraise old postcards, tradecard albums; photo images by local photographers, items related to local history, steamboat and trolley history items; fire dept, Celoron Park and Civil War items. He can direct owners to where they may do further research and helpful contacts about an item in local museums. Johnston can also help those who want to have family items appraised for possible donation to either the Fenton History Center or the McClurg Mansion.

Vince Martonis, Hanover town historian, experienced paleontologist; retired college educator, historical speaker, and historical displayer at the Busti Apple Festival, will evaluate stoneware crocks and jugs, Indian artifacts; Chautauqua County items, old bottles, postcards, Welsh’s and grape industry historical items, Silver Creek items, advertising signs, and all historical items from Chautauqua county towns and villages.

Steve Anderson, a resident and local realtor, has years of knowledge of glassware, art pottery, ceramics, furniture, general line antiques, and what local selling conditions, collecting trends and current market conditions are doing to prices of once popular antiques, and advise to sell or hold onto your family antiques. Anderson will be connected to the internet to assist in identifying current values of an appraisal item.

Tom Karapantso will round out the panel. He has been involved in collecting, buying and preserving local history, placing it into the hands of people who share a passion for the historical aspect of collecting. He conducts household estate sales throughout the year through which a wide variety of items are handled and priced. In addition to the general line of antique items, he can share knowledge about antique bottles, jars, stoneware, books, old letters, paper ephemera, art and 19th century photography, marbles, toys, military, political memorabilia, fishing and older collectibles. Karapantso has an art teaching background and will be able to discuss the media used in the painting or fine art item, and with Internet use, will offer a verbal appraisal.

In addition, the assembled colleagues will be able to direct those interested toward locating buyers should they wish to sell and/or meet people who share their collecting interests.