Nationally renowned appraisers Wes Cowan, Nan Chisholm and Ken Farmer — who appear regularly on the PBS program Antiques Roadshow — will be on site to evaluate items brought in by the public. Cowan’s Auctions appraisers, Fine Art Specialist Pauline Archambault and Director of Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Brad Wanstrath will assist in the appraisals.
There is a limit of three hand carried items per person. Admission is exclusively for those bringing items to be appraised. The cost is $40 per item for non-members and $25 per item for MIHS members. Items to be appraised include fine art, fine jewelry and timepieces, sculpture, folk art, rare books and photographs, historic Americana, decorative arts, Native American objects and Western artifacts. Firearms, stamps or coins will not be accepted for appraisal. There also will be refreshments and live entertainment.
Spring Appraisal Faire related events include a “State of the Antiques World” lecture by the guest appraisers on March 2 from 2-3:30 PM at the MIHS Rose History Auditorium ($40/ non-members, /$25 members). On March 3 at 6 PM, following the Appraisal Faire, the MIHS will present “An Affaire to Remember” gala, at the Island Country Club with fine dining, dancing, silent and live auctions.
Proceeds from Spring Appraisal Faire events will support MIHS in preparing the Marco Island Historical Museum for the return on loan of the Key Marco Cat and other Key Marco artifacts discovered in 1896 on Marco Island.
For information call 239-389-6447 or visit www.theMIHS.org.