Wade House: What’s it worth? An antique appraisal event

CONTACT: David Simmons
(920) 526-3271

Curious to know what your heirlooms are worth? Some things have a precious value for us that is beyond price. But wouldn’t you still like to know what they are worth?

Wade House historic site in Greenbush will host an exclusive antiques and collectibles appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran on Sunday, March 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum. Formerly senior editor of “Antiques and Collectibles Books” for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., Moran will discuss his experience in buying and selling antiques for more than 30 years. He will also appraise one item for each registered participant.

Besides serving as an editor for Krause Publications, Moran has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of “Atlantique City,” an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Media’s Antiques Group. He is author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual “Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles.”

Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years, and is a guest expert on the popular PBS series, “Antiques Roadshow.”

Pre-registration is required for this event, and there is a $15 per item appraisal fee. A portion of each fee will benefit the Wade House historic site. All items for appraisal must be registered in advance, which can be done by either stopping at the new Wade House Visitor Center; calling Wade House at 920-526-3271; or mailing your contact information, item description and check to: Wade House, Attn.: Bridgitt Zielke, W7965 Highway 23, Greenbush, WI 53026. Please make checks payable to: Wade House historic site.

For your information, categories of objects for appraisal may include:

Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best.)
Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.
Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.
Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and
Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.
Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and
“outsider” art.
Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and
mechanical banks.
Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.
Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.
Costume jewlry, including brooches, bracelets and earrings.

Excluded items include: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); coins and paper money; Beanie Babies; fine jewelry, including precious gems.

Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance: 715-281-5060 or via email to [email protected]

Opinions of value are informal and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.

Food and beverages will be available throughout the afternoon in the Butternut Café, and a cash bar will be available.
Wade House historic site is one of 12 Wisconsin Historical Society historic sites and museums. For more information, please call 920-526-3271 or visit www.wadehouse.org