What’s it Worth? Antique Appraisal

Grimes Public Library is pleased to welcome back antique appraiser Mark Moran for a 3 hour antique appraising event! Mr. Moran will appraise 40 items ranging from vases to autographs, books and paintings to furniture.  Last year, Mr. Moran gave informal appraisals at the Grimes Library for 40 items ranging from $10 to $15,000 in value. This is a can’t miss show of the season! Spectators welcome.

Mr. Moran has over 20 years of appraisal experience and has co-authored more than 2 dozen books on antiques. He has appeared as a guest expert on “Antiques Roadshow” and has appraised antiques and collectibles at more than 1,000 events across the Midwest.

*Limit of 1 antique per person. Please read list of eligible items below before registering.

Appointments betwen 9 and 10am are full. Please choose another time.

Register here for an appraisal between 10am and 11am.  

Register here for an appraisal between 11am and 12pm.  

Accepted items:

Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.

Furniture (larger pieces may be viewed using images sent by email).

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.

Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.
Antique and vintage lighting of all kinds. 
Musical instruments.
Sporting collectibles.

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

Please email jill@grimes.lib.ia.us for questions regarding eligible antiques.