“Antique Appraisal Day” Draws Crowds in New Hampshire

German_antique_dollSurmising whether an antique is a worthless object or a precious heirloom can be a challenge if you’re not a professional appraiser. With that said, appraisers recently turned out in droves, gathering for the Laconia Historical and Museum Society’s “Antique Appraisal Day” in Laconia, located in the northern U.S. state New Hampshire. The event took place Saturday, April 16.

Dozens of individuals arrived at the Laconia Antique Center, bringing a variety of items to be appraised. Items ranging from painting to pocket watches were assessed for their value. In order to have items evaluated by a panel of antique experts, individuals paid $5. The panel included Doug McGowan and Greg Peverly.

Interested parties came from as far as Milan to have items appraised, some even receiving the news that their “Italian Gorge and Bridge” painting or hair wreath was worth significantly more than the purchasing cost.  

“Watching them take apart a pocket watch was quite interesting,” Tierney said. “They opened them up and could find what year they were made and gauge their condition. The owner of the watch said he didn’t even know it opened up like that.”    

Local celebrities and visitors alike were present to discover the value behind relics and family heirlooms. The turnout was higher than what was expected, and organizers for the event indicated they’re planning to host another event very soon.

All proceeds paid to the Laconia Historical and Museum Society benefitted the historical society.



Ian Whittock is the Managing Director of Evoque Claims and Appraisals, Evoque Auctions and Identidot Coding. Please visit Crunchbase, Quora, and Identidot to learn more.