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Posted on: October 5, 2017

Antique Appraisals Coming to Anoka County Library

Antique Appraisal

Anoka County Library is holding an antiques and collectibles appraisal event, featuring author and antique expert Mark F. Moran, on Sunday, October 29, from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Northtown Library, 711 County Road 10 NE in Blaine.

Categories of objects for appraisal may include:

Fine art: paintings, drawings, prints, and statuary

Furniture: smaller pieces are best

Ceramics: figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware, and stoneware

Glassware: lighting, marbles, and souvenir items

Vintage photographs: snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes, and daguerreotypes

Advertising: posters, lithographed tin, paper, and figural objects

Folk art: carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights, and "outsider" art

Assorted toys: dolls (bisque, composition, and plastic), windups, and mechanical banks

Metal ware: iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, and silver plate

Clocks: mantel, hanging, and figural

Costume jewelry: brooches, bracelets, and earrings

Musical Instruments: string, wind, and reed instruments.


Sports Memorabilia

Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (such as leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; and Beanie Babies.

Moran is formerly the senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles books and a previous contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine, and as editorial director of F+W Media's Antiques Group. Moran is the 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. He has bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. Moran has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years. For more information about Moran, please visit

Pre-registration is required. Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal. Please call the Northtown Library at 763-324-1510 to reserve your spot.

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