St. Clement's Island Museum to host Annual Appraiser Fair

Leonardtown, MD – Perhaps you have an attic or garage full of hidden treasures and not realize it! Bring your prized possessions to the annual Appraiser Fair on Saturday, January 26, 2019 and have expert appraisers determine their value. The event takes place at the St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Appraiser Fair provides an opportunity for the public to learn the value of their heirlooms and how to properly care for them. Appraisers will be available to offer oral appraisals for the following categories: fine arts, dolls, coins, currency and clocks. The fine arts category includes ceramics, pottery, glassware, artwork/paintings, music boxes and small furniture pieces. Items in this category are limited to two items per person for a fee of $5 per item. Other category fees are $5 each for the first two items and $10 per item thereafter. Only cash and checks will be accepted for payment.


The featured appraisers come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. The “fine arts” appraisers include Dorie Lear, a certified auction house appraiser; Henry Lane Hull, proprietor of Commonwealth Antiques and Appraisals and Bill Curry, proprietor of Hammer’s Antiques and Collectibles. Linda Neeley, member of the Black-eyed Susan Doll Club of Southern Maryland, will be on hand to appraise dolls. In the “clocks” category, Mike Johnson, member of the Watch and Clock Association and specializes in antique clock repair, will be available. William Parron, proprietor of the Bill Parron Coin Co, will be available to appraise coins and currency.


The public is encouraged to only bring items that can be hand-carried. Items that do not fit this category will not be accepted for appraisal. Space is limited and items will be viewed on a first come, first served basis. Appraisals are not certified, however, one can make arrangements for a certified appraisal at a later date and time.


The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 221 will be selling tasty baked goods in the Water Front Room. Museum staff will be available to offer advice on how to care for your items.


St. Clement’s Island Museum is located at 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD 20626. Call 301-769-2222 for details and hours of operation. During winter hours, the museum is open 7 days a week, noon to 4 p.m. Upcoming events include Community Day February 8, and Maryland Day March 25.


For hours of operation, programs, admission prices and more, visit the St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s Facebook pages at or or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum.

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