International Society of Appraisers offers six-day course

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers will offer a course to help handle one of the knotty issues many families and estates face – the valuation of a household with the personal accumulation of a lifetime. “Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Content” will be offered only once this year from Oct. 1 through Oct. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Chicago. The course will be taught by Karen Rabe, ISA, CAPP and David Mapes, ISA, CAPP, both of whom hold the highest rating awarded by the ISA.

This survey course will provide a broad overview of information and techniques necessary to properly identify and value items falling into the broad category of antiques and residential contents. Focus is on analysis of construction and manufacturing; discerning the difference between “good,” “better,” and “best” quality; design characteristics pertinent to general periods and styles; and research resources for the appraiser. Course sections include furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, toys and dolls, orientalia and vintage fashions as well as general household contents.

The course, which requires some pre-course reading and a written examination, includes an off-site field trip to Susanin’s Auctions for a hands-on survey of selected furniture and will provide access to the International Antiques Fair of the Merchandise Mart for an overview.

The course will be conducted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Oct. 1 and will conclude at Noon on Oct. 6. This challenging and hugely informative course will conclude with a written examination on the morning of the last class day.

Enrollment is available to all appraisers and other interested parties. The course provides 45 ISA Professional Development Credits that may transferable to other appraisal organizations. Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Contents is being offered only once this year and class size is limited. Early registration is encouraged.

Cost of the course is $1,200 for ISA members and $1,470 for non-members. Registration deadline is Sept. 28. Registration is available online at or through the ISA office main office at 312-891-6778.

 Site of the course is the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown, 10 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, phone 312-595-0000. A group discount rate is available through ISA for accommodations at the Hilton. For more information contact the International Society of Appraisers, 737 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago IL 60611, phone 312-981-6778, fax 312-981-6787, e-mail, Web site