An­tiques ap­praisal is back at the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL -

— While go­ing about fall chores, it may be a good time to dust off those fam­ily heir­looms and get them ap­praised.

The com­mu­nity can do so from 3 to 8 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 26, at the Her­itage Mu­se­ums and Gar­dens of Dorch­ester in Cam­bridge.

An­tiques deal­ers and ap­prais­ers, Char­lene Upham and hus­band Steve Blu­me­nauer with more than 50 com­bined years of han­dling and study­ing an­tiques, will do ver­bal fair mar­ket ap­praisals on a wide va­ri­ety of an­tiques. These in­clude jew­elry, sil­ver, coins and cur­rency, oil paint­ings, art­work, sculp­tures, bronzes, quilts, ori­en­tal rugs and other tex­tiles, art glass, china, porce­lain, dolls, toys, fur­ni­ture and more. If items are too big to bring to the ap­praisal, clear pho­tos from dif­fer­ent an­gles are help­ful in de­ter­min­ing a fair mar­ket value.

There are many rea­sons that some­one may want an ap­praisal. Some­times it is to de­ter­mine the age of an item. Pos­si­bly there are clues as to where the item was made or used and that can be in­ter­est­ing. Most of­ten, though, an­tiques are ap­praised for their value. With an up and down mar­ket, this can be a chal­leng­ing task. That’s where Upham and Blu­me­nauer shine, as they have con­tin­u­ously been ac­tive in this realm.

The cost for these ap­praisals is $5 for each item or $10 for three items. This event is to ben­e­fit the op­er­a­tions of the Dorch­ester County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and its ef­forts to con­tinue its mis­sion. Char­lene Upham An­tiques in Mardela Springs en­joys sup­port­ing lo­cal non­prof­its and this is a key way that they do it.

The Her­itage Mu­se­ums and Gar­dens is the home of the Dorch­ester County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and is lo­cated at 1003 Green­way Drive in East Cam­bridge, Mary­land. For in­for­ma­tion please call 410.228.7953 or email dchs@ver­i­

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