2014-07-31 / News

Appraiser to lead event at library

Residents encouraged to bring in antiques

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique School and Public Library will present an antiques and collectibles appraisal event Aug. 7. The event features author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wis., and begins at 3 p.m.

Formerly a senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Moran has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of “Atlantique City”, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Media’s Antiques Group.

He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman’s Antiques and Collectibles.

Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years.

Pre-registration is required. The cost will be $10 per item, per time slot. Participants must prepay at the library or send payment to the library, 100 N. Cedar St., Manistique, MI 49854 to reserve slots.

Item must be on the approved items list; there is also an excluded items list. Call the library at 341- 4316 with questions or check Mark Moran’s website www.markfmoran.com to verify.

Categories of objects for appraisal may include:

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

Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).

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, and earrings.

Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.

Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.

Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate. Suggested categories for advance inquiry include, but are not limited to: Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic); ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures); fossils and minerals; books; automotive items; nautical and militaryrelated objects; sports memorabilia (including baseball cards); records; antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc.).

Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.

Moran can be contacted at: Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques and Fine Art, N7326 Maple Ridge Trail, Iola, WI 54945, by phone at 715-281-5060 or email at moranm1953@gmail.com. He also does home visits by appointment only.

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