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Posted: December 30, 2013 Get Your Antiques Appraised at the Library


Library Hosts Antique Appraisal Event

A popular antique appraisal event will return to the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire on Saturday, January 18.  “What’s It Worth?”, a free Antiques Roadshow-style event, will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Eau Claire Room on the library’s lower level.  Observers are welcome at any time, but appraisals are by appointment only and reservations must be made in advance.  To schedule a four-minute appraisal appointment, call 715-839-4834. 

Unlike for-profit ventures which seek to purchase valuables for resale, this appraisal event is independent and for the benefit of the community.  Attendees are encouraged to enjoy listening to guest appraiser Mark Moran’s fascinating explanations of the objects and their history as it relates to the area.

Moran is the former senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wisconsin.  He has served as a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine, as editor of Antique Review East, and as producer of Atlantic City’s antique show “Atlantique City.”  Mark is also the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including the 800-page annual Warman's Antiques & Collectibles, now in its 45th edition.  Mark 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.

Categories of objects for appraisal may include folk and fine art, furniture (usually smaller pieces are best), ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, toys, clocks, and costume jewelry.  Excluded items include weapons, coins and paper money, fine jewelry (including precious gems and watches), and most musical instruments.

For further information about the event, stop at Information & Reference on your next visit to the library, call 715-839-5004, or e-mail the library at  To learn more about library programs, check the library events calendar at

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