And a good time was had by all at the Randolph Street Market Antique Trader Appraisal Fair

Appraisers Caroline Ashleigh, author of Warman's Shoes Field Guide (Krause Publications, 2010) and Mark Moran, appraiser and senior editor of antiques and collectibles books for Krause Publications, look over a circa 1890-1910 automaton. The clockwork-driven doll plays music while its hands and head move. Still retaining its original bisque head and wig, its current value was estimated at $1,500 to $2,000 due to a replacement base and a restored bodice. Photos courtesy Eric Bradley

CHICAGO — From Bakelite rarities to a 4-foot-tall paper Empire State Building, collectors and subscribers enjoyed the first ever Antique Trader Appraisal Fair, held during the Randolph Street Market’s May 29-30 Chicago Antique Market. 

Every attendee to the Chicago Antique Market at the Randolph Street Market Festival, May 29-30, was offered a free appraisal by one of our experts, situated under a big-top tent.

This was the first event of its kind for Antique Trader, and what a successful event it was. We met many happy readers of both our print and online editions.

George and Maria Perez of Cicero, Ill., won a seven-title library of antiques and collectibles reference books and searchable CD-ROMS from Krause Publications and author Daryle Lambert.

A big thank-you to the experts and friends who participated:

    • Caroline Ashleigh, a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America and an adjunct professor of New York University’s Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts.

    • Mark Moran, appraiser and senior editor of antiques and collectibles books for Krause Publications and an appraiser for PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow.”

    • Brian Buonocore, fine jewelry expert and graduate gemologist who has recently launched his own jewelry line under Anthony Buonocore.

    • D. Brett Benson, owner of Jewel Sphinx Extraordinary Objects and Jewels,

    • Daryle Lambert, founder of the 31 Corp., and author of the book 31 Steps to Your Millions in Antiques and Collectibles,

Most of all, a hearty ‘thanks’ is deserved by all of the great attendees to the Randolph Street Market for a wonderful weekend. ?

antique appraisal fair participantDear Antique Trader,

I am glad that you had an article on the Appraisal Fair (May 26, 2010 issue).

We live 70 miles away but made arrangements to stay in closer and made it to the Fair.

I brought things to have appraised, one was an icon, and I saw Daryle Lambert. He couldn’t tell me much, but he did tell me he would let me know, as I had brought two pictures that I left with him. The family members that were with us had things, too, and everyone we had to see was so nice and gave us all the information they could.

Thank you so much. There was so much to see there. We will probably make this trip again.

Joanne Nicholl
Poplar Grove, Ill.

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Fine art appraiser, author and blogger Daryle Lambert was busy all weekend long. Dozens of readers wanted to know the value of their fine art, and Lambert handled each query with style and grace.
Fine jewelry appraiser Brian Buonocore looks over a curious item: a turn-of-the-century button watch brought in by a Chicago collector. Its value: $1,500.
Appraiser Mark Moran and a Culver, Ind., dealer look over one of the weird and wonderful items brought to the appraisal booth -- a four-foot paper and cardboard model of the Empire State Building. The model was likely built as part of a child's kit, complete with tiny brown rocks glued to the rooftops. Its value was estimated at $100 to $150.
Betsy Pilmer of Chicago, is shown with Antique Trader editor Eric Bradley and her Louis Comfort Tiffany compote, which appraiser Daryle Lambert appraised for at least $850. The compote may fetch more at a good auction due to the fact is was manufactured with a special button pontil. Rather than grinding and polishing the spot where the footed stem was attached to the glassblower's rod, a dollop of molten glass was added to give the compote a finished look.

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