Antiques appraisal event
It was a full house Saturday when the Greenwood Centre for Living History hosted its annual Treasures in the Attic appraisal event, which is a major fundraiser for the museum that relies heavily on donations.
Hudson resident Murray Taylor said he was very pleased to learn not only the monitory value of the 30-something pieces he meticulously wrapped in newspaper and carted in a reusable grocery bag to be appraised by Roberto Menard, an expert in toys, novelty items and collectibles, but also their historical value. Taylor inherited the items from his parents including Dresden china figurines, a bible dating to the early 1900s and a clock that was purportedly given to his grandfather on his mother’s side by Edward J. Smith, the captain of the Titanic. “Family history has it that the clock was given to my grandfather in 1906 for his service in the Boys Brigade by the man who went on to become the captain of the Titanic,” an affable Taylor said while sitting in the St. James Church hall, where the event was held. If he had had paperwork proving the clock’s provenance (which he did not,) it would be worth quite a bit of money, Mendard later said. Admitting he’d never sell any of the items anyway, Taylor said he was just happy to learn the stories behind them which he deemed more worthwhile. Joanne Dorcas, a Greenwood volunteer who has given her time during the event for the past five years said it’s fun to see what people bring in to be appraised and to watch their reactions when learning a cherished heirloom may be valuable as well. “It’s a great event, there’s so much history here and the experts are really knowledgable,” she noted. One expert that was very busy during the day was Hudson resident Maureen Decelles, a gold buyer and certified gemologist. More than 25 visitors had gold and gems evaluated by Decelles, with many selling their old jewelry for on-the-spot cash. Decelles said a large part of her business involves sitting down with clients over a glass of wine and evaluating their jewelry collections. “People often don’t know what they have, or what it’s worth. I also help them repurpose old jewelry into new pieces that they can wear and enjoy rather than having them sit in a jewelry box,” she explained. The experts, some of whom are featured on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, donate their time to Greenwood. A nominal fee that is charged for each appraisal goes to help the Hudson home cover its running costs.
Treasures in the Attic was well attended Saturday when it was held at St. James Church in Hudson.