Free appraisals offered again at Atlantique City

As the nation debates McCain or Obama, Biden or Palin, experts at Atlantique City will be thinking Roosevelt, Lincoln, Washington and Kennedy. Atlantique City will again provide free appraisals at the next antiques and collectibles show Oct. 18-19 in the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Appraisals will be offered by specialists in fine jewelry, textiles, glass, autographs, books, maps and more. Specialists from WorthPoint will be on hand to appraise political memorabilia at the special exhibit titled The American Presidential Experience.

Last season experts discovered several treasures, including a dress worn by Judy Garland, straight from the MGM lot and an early American flag worth $500,000. More treasures are waiting to be discovered by our lineup of experts:

• Marking his 38th year with Antique Trader magazine as editor, author and antique expert, Kyle Husfloen of Palm Springs, Calif., will return to appraise at Atlantique City. Husfloen is author of the regular column, Kyle on Antiques, and has served as a guest appraiser and lecturer on antiques across the nation. Husfloen’s cornerstone price guide, Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, turns 25 years old this fall.

• Specializing in estate jewelry and gems will be certified gemologist and appraiser Paula Fox of Bensalem, Pa. Fox has worked with television, sport and business celebrities in addition to being vice president of the International Society of Appraisers, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter and a ranking member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.

• Ellen Schroy, who has edited 24 consecutive editions of the Warman’s Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide, will return as a general appraiser. Beyond her work as a noted author in the antiques industry, Schroy, of Quakertown, Pa., contributes to Antique Trader and has appeared as a guest on nationally broadcast television and radio shows.

• Bringing years of experience in appraisal of maps, prints, books and autographs is Dale Sorenson, director of auctions and former owner of Waverly Auctions, along with Quinn’s Auctions, of Falls Church, Va. In addition to being a Ph.D. in American literature and studies, Sorenson brings to the show years of experience cataloging and providing formal appraisals.

• President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the International Society of Appraisers, Linda Roberts will provide appraisals on general items. Roberts and her husband, Howard, own White Orchid Antiques & Appraisals in Media, Pa.

• After working with both world renowned collectors and first-time art and antiques buyers at the prestigious M.S. Rau Antiques, Todd Peenstra opened his own appraisal and consulting service in Annapolis, Md. His years of experience as a buyer, seller and appraiser of the finest works of art and antiques on the market make Todd a top resource for professional and accurate appraisals.

• Audra Blevins currently sells antiques through shows, galleries and the Internet. She has been an active eBay seller since 1998. The daughter of career antiques dealers, Audra enjoys appraising antiques both privately and for the Manassas Museum, where she has also lectured on antique American glass.

• For more than 40 years Christopher Kent has been a major player in the world of antiques, collectibles, and fine art. Christopher has been the host of the award winning, nationally syndicated radio show “Antique Talk.” He is regularly published in fine art journals and is the host of the popular television show Flea Market Mania on the Americanlife Television Network. Christopher is a frequent keynote speaker, and guest auctioneer.

“Appraisal events like this are great ways to determine if you are ready to sell that lifelong collection or just a piece or two from an estate,” said Eric Bradley, show producer of Atlantique City. “Last season, participants had just as much fun watching someone else’s appraisal as they did watching their own.”

Attendees may have one item appraised for free; subsequent appraisals are charged $10 each. Appraisals are considered professional opinions of value. Appraisers are prohibited from giving values on items purchased during the show. The appraisal booth is located near the Atlantique City Bookstore, where visitors can purchase books and magazine subscriptions. Appraisal hours will be noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, and on Sunday, Oct. 19.