Appraisal day, genealogy workshop benefiting historical Pa. library

RICHLANDTOWN, Pa. – The Richland Library Company announces it will be sponsoring an antiques and collectibles appraisal and identification day, “What’s It Worth?” Nov. 11, 2012, at Benner Hall in Richlandtown, Pa., from 1-4 p.m.

Ten local experts will be covering collecting categories including: furniture, coins, silver, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, clocks, music boxes, paintings, vintage photographs, holiday collectibles, books, toy trains, toys, glass, china, early electronics, breweriana, American art pottery and more.

Participants are encouraged to bring their inherited treasures to be identified and valued. If the object is too fragile or too large to be easily transported, participants are encouraged to bring photographs of the object. Appraisals will be $5 per item. No firearms please; firearm evaluations will be excluded from this event.

Appraisers scheduled to appear are as follows:

Ashley King*, Quakertown, Pa. Specialties: Clocks, watches and music boxes.

King has been serving the antiques community as an appraiser since 1970. He was trained in clock repair in Europe and has served as an officer in the Pennsylvania Antiques Appraisers Association and is a member of the Bucks County Antiques Dealers Association.

Claire M. Lavin, Cheltenham, Pa. Specialty: Holiday collectibles.

Claire Lavin is a recognized authority, author, lecturer, dealer, and appraiser in the field of vintage Halloween collectibles. She has been collecting for more than 40 years and has been a guest on several TV and radio shows, including Martha Stewart Living, as well as lecturing and previously serving on the Board of Advisors of Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide.

Philip Lavin, Cheltenham, Pa. Specialty: Toy trains.

Philip Lavin is a devoted toy train collector and dealer. Knowing how to identify the maker and age of a toy train is key to determining value and Lavin will guide participants in that process.

James Meyers, Trumbauersville, Pa. Specialties: Paintings, vintage travel photographs, postcards.

Collecting paintings and travel photographs has been a lifetime pursuit for Meyers. He is also well known in the area as being a talented fine arts conservator and is a member of the Pennsylvania Antiques Appraisers Association

Douglas Mohr, Quakertown, Pa. Specialty: Books.

Mohr brings more than 10 years of book collecting experience to “What’s It Worth.” He is well known in the Quakertown community for his Lion Around Books shop on Broad Street where interesting books of all kinds await.

Joseph Pandur, Bedminster, Pa. Specialties: American art pottery, early electronics, breweriana, general items.

Pandur is a well-known local auctioneer whose broad knowledge will be an excellent addition to the panel of appraisers.

James Roth*, Quakertown, Pa. Specialties: Furniture and miscellaneous items.

Roth is the proprietor of Quakertown Heirlooms, now a virtual antiques shop, and the former owner of a bricks and mortar shop by the same name. Roth and his wife travel to antique shows all across the east coast with an array of antiques and collectibles.

Ellen Schroy*, Quakertown, Pa. Specialties: Glass, china, and miscellaneous items.

Schroy is the former editor of Warman’s Antiques and Their Prices, Warman’s Furniture, Warman’s Depression Glass, Warman’s Carnival Glass, Warman’s Americana, Warman’s Glass Price Guide, and Warman’s Pattern Glass Price Guide. Schroy has also contributed to appraisal clinics for local historical societies, libraries.

Michael J. Toth, ABAA, Springtown, Pa. Specialty: Books.

Well known as a bookseller, Toth has more than 25 years of experience in collecting and dealing in books of all types. He specializes in Modern Literary 1st Editions and is a member of ABAA and ILAB. His email is Visit Toth’s store: A Book Shop.

Chris Wise, Quakertown, Pa. Specialties: Coins, silver, fine jewelry

Wise is Director of Coins and Currency at Rago Arts, Lambertville, N.J. He has been an antiques dealer for many years and is well respected for his vast knowledge on these topics and also collecting areas.

One of the oldest libraries in Pennsylvania, the Richland Library Company was established by concerned Quakers and other community leaders in 1788 and was chartered in 1795. For many years, this library was the only source of lending materials for the community; now it has become a center in upper Bucks County for genealogy and local history. This non-profit facility is governed by five directors as directed in the original charter.

2012 projects for the Library including updating the facility, cataloging the collection, establishing an Upstairs Art Gallery showcasing the works of local artists, contributing to several research and book projects and numerous book sales. An on-going project is the Juniper Street Project, a collection of remembrances and photographs of Quakertown’s Juniper Street. This year the Library’s genealogy collection has been greatly expanded thanks to the gift of books, newsletters, periodicals, and other references from the former Bucks County Genealogical Society.

New to the Appraisal Day event this year will be a Genealogy Workshop lead by Librarian Thomas Moll*. He will present a basic genealogy lecture at 2 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. Family tree charts will be available for participants to use as they begin their search for ancestors. Discussions on advanced genealogy searches using other resources at the Richland Library will be held. Genealogists such as Audrey Wolfinger* of the former Bucks County Genealogical Society and Ann Hellmann* will also be present to help unlock the secrets of genealogy research. Publications from the former Bucks County Genealogical Society may be valuable tools for local families searching for Bucks County ancestors and will be available for sale.

During What’s It Worth Day II, Richland Library member Dr. Robert Leight* will be present to discuss his publications, including Richland Township & Richlandtown Borough, and the brand new Pictorial History of Milford Township & Trumbauersville book.

Now located at 44 S Main Street in Quakertown, the library is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. All proceeds from this event will be designated for the Building Fund at the Richland Library. Benner Hall is located at 1260 Cherry Road and is easily accessible. Call the Library at 215-536-5636 for more information.

* Denotes appraiser, volunteer, or author who is also a Shareholder of the Richland Library Company.

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