HALLOWELL – An upcoming antique appraisal event is an opportunity for people to find out — from experts — how much their old stuff is worth, while helping preserve old stuff in the city of Hallowell.

Row House Inc., an historic preservation group in Hallowell, hopes the June 5 event will raise funds to help with efforts to preserve the historic Hallowell fire station and the Dr. Hubbard House.

Experts from Massachusetts-based Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, some of whom have appeared on televised antique appraisal programs, will be at the William S. Cohen Community Center in Hallowell from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sandy Stubbs, program coordinator for Row House, said appraisers from Skinner also conducted an antique appraisal for Row House in 2001, which was a very successful fundraiser for the organization.

“We’re trying to preserve historical buildings in Hallowell,” Stubbs said. “The money will go toward the fire station and Dr. Hubbard House. We’re hoping we can get these projects taken care of.”

Skinner appraisers for the event will be James Callahan, the business’s director of Asian works of art; and Stuart Whitehurst, vice president, director of rare books and manuscripts, and senior generalist appraiser.

Whitehurst, according to Skinner’s website, appears on the PBS television series “The Antiques Roadshow,” regularly conducts appraisal days and benefit auctions for nonprofit organizations, and has lectured before numerous audiences, including the Appraisers Association of America.

Callahan, according to Skinner, is a sought-after expert on Asian art, culture and customs and often works closely with museums, historical societies and national independent art groups.

Skinner appraisers have been staffing nonprofit appraisal events for more than 25 years, according to the company.

“It’s a great way to have your antiques appraised,” Stubbs said. “These people are well-known. Bring in an antique and find out what it’s worth. And it’ll help Row House, too.”

Appraisals will cost $10 per item, or $25 for three items.

Organizers said coins, jewelry, stamps or musical instruments will not be appraised.


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