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Appraising Your Antiques

We have over 8,000 volumes of research material on hand. If you send us a clear 35mm photo of your object, $45.00 and a self-addressed stamped envelope, we will send you an appraisal of its value with all relevant background information we uncover. Click here to view a partial list of our reference library.

How to Prepare for an Appraisal

Fee: $45.00per item.
Matched multiple items comprising a set are considered to be
one item.

A) Email Procedure
[1] Take CLEAR digital photographs of all sides of the item along with close-ups of details such as joints, marks, carvings, signatures, any damage or repairs, etc. Clarity is of the utmost importance. The better the images, the more accurate your appraisal will be.
[2] Provide measurements of the item and any information you have about it, such as what it is made of, and how you came to acquire it.
[3] Email the image files to: PHOTOS@oneofakindantiques.com note: (please save them in .JPG FORMAT), any detailed information you know about it or can find out, and personal payment information to:
PLEASE DO NOT ZIP THE FILES   we prefer jpgs that are 1200 -850 pixesls each.

CLICK HERE TO USE OUR SECURE FORM TO SEND US YOUR APPRAISAL REQUEST
** NOTE: After you fill out and send in the form, please remember to email us your photographs.

Please allow 2-3 weeks to process your appraisal.

B) Standard Mail Procedure
[1] Take CLEAR digital photographs of all sides of the item along with close-ups of details such as joints, marks, carvings, signatures, any damage or repairs, etc. Clarity is of the utmost importance. The better the images, the more accurate your appraisal will be.
[2] Provide measurements of the item and anything you already know about it, such as what it is made of, and how you came to acquire it.
[3] Mail the packet, your payment for $45.00 per item, and a self addressed stamped envelope to:

One of a Kind Antiques

PO BOX 1080
Deep River, CT 06417

Please allow 2-3 weeks to process your appraisal.

We cannot be responsible for returning photographs sent to us. All photographs emailed, photos of items taken on premises, or sent hard copy through the US mail become the property of One of Kind Antiques. These photographs may or may not be used in the future to show the types of items we appraise, purchase or consign unless otherwise agreed upon by the sender and One of a Kind Antiques.

Please Note: We do not give free advice, values, or antique appraisals over the telephone and we make NO EXCEPTIONS. Please do not call us looking for quick "ballpark" evaluations. We cannot and will not appraise anything we cannot see. If you have an antique, vintage, modern, or contemporary item that you think holds some value and you want an appraisal, please follow the instructions above.

On-Site Estate and Insurance Appraisals (within Connecticut)
If you wish to have an on-site "whole house" appraisal of your antiques and art, for probate or insurance, we will be happy to make arrangements. We ask for 2 weeks notice because we do such appraisals as our schedule permits. Please call us at 860-526-9736 to discuss your needs. We charge: $250.00 minimum for the first hour on site, and $150.00 per hour after that; $85.00 per hour for travel (if not local); and $85.00 per hour for research and document preparation. You will receive a printed appraisal on our letterhead, listing antiques, art, and other items of worth, described and valued in accordance with the current market.

What we recommend is our consulting service

We offer personal consultation services to clients in need of professional guidance in regards to insuring, distributing and/or disposing of their antiques, art and collections. If you have inherited items from various family estates, and are wondering what to keep, what to sell, what to donate and what to discard, we can help you sort things out and make informed decisions. 

We can also provide answers to questions such as:

*What is the most fair and equitable way to divide
family heirlooms among my children?

*Should everything in my collection be insured?

*Is a professional USPAP-compliant appraisal
necessary, and if so, what does it entail?

*How can I dispose of antiques I no longer wish to keep?

*What are the pros and cons of selling outright, selling at auction, and selling on consignment?

*What is the current market for the
antiques I'd like to part with?

*Are my paintings in need of conservation?

*Are my furnishings in need of repair or restoration?

These are just some of the questions you may have; each client’s needs are different. The more information you have, the easier it will be to make the right decisions.  This service is offered within Connecticut for $250.00 per hour plus travel time when applicable. We have found that one hour is adequate to address the concerns of most clients. See:  AntiquesConsultant.com

Statement of Qualifications
Thomas J. Perry established his business, One of a Kind Antiques, in Chester, CT, in 1975. He has over 41 years of full-time experience buying and selling antiques, art, and vintage objects, dating from antiquity through the 20th century. His wife, Cheri-Ann, joined him in business in 1985. Their reference library contains  volumes of research material. Their professional network includes experts in every specialty. They keep abreast of auction results and market trends affecting antique values all over the world. Back in 1976, Tom’s research led to the important discovery of a library table made by Boston cabinetmakers Erving and Casson. This table was an inauguration gift to President Abraham Lincoln from his cabinet. Tom purchased it and donated it to the White House, where it is displayed. His letter of thanks from First Lady Betty Ford and White House Curator Clement Conger hangs in their office. Tom and Cheri-Ann have sold over 7,000 items through their website at www.oneofakindantiques.com since 1995, and have over 1400 items currently listed as available for purchase. To date, they have completed over 1050 appraisals that have been used for probate, insurance claims, estate planning, or charitable donations. Tom has regularly donated his appraisal services to the historical societies of Lyme, Chester, Essex, Killingworth, Haddam, Old Saybrook and Deep River and has been a quest appraiser for the Connecticut Public Television Antiques Connecticut Treasure Hunt event at Mohegan Sun, where he recognized a painting by French artist Charles Fredrick Soulacroix (1825-1879) valued at over $60,000.00, which was filmed as a highlight to be shown on a later CPTV broadcast around the Antiques Roadshow. Mr. and Mrs. Perry  have both successfully completed the National USPAP Course and have met the AQB Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria.

One of a Kind Antiques: Connecticut Antique Gallery: Furniture, Estate Gold, Diamond, Sterling Silver Jewelry, Fine Art

This page was last updated on 11/08/2016

 


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