About Online Appraisals

Is my item worth having Appraised?

Is a very good question, nobody wants to spend money to appraise an item and find out it’s worthless. What’s even worse though is finding out that something you gave away, or sold for a couple of dollars to clear out your basement or garage was quite valuable. Our records from 1996-2012  show that 98.7% of the items sent to us for appraisal have been worth far more than our regular fee of $19.95. Our online appraisal process is simple and fast, it is powered by ValueThisNow.com which provides appraisals that conform to the standards the USPAP, allowing us to meet the highest standards for quality and ethics.  Click here to begin your appraisal process now.

Items such as the one pictured here are unexpected surprises for our customers. Nearly all the items we have appraised were just considered curiosities by their owners, none really had any idea of the item’s value until they contacted us. This example is one of a complete set of 8 Walt Disney Seven Dwarfs books from 1938. This set sat packed up with a pile of children’s books, yard sale material, considered to be junk, but copies of this set in good condition have sold  at auction for $2000.00.

Why should you use our service?

  • We have been providing Antique Appraisals for Insurance, Estate, Tax & Probate purposes since 1959.
  • Our service is like having your own private Antiques Roadshow Expert when ever you need one.
  •  Current Appraisal information for a wide range of antiques & collectible items can be hard to find, even on the internet.
  •  Have your appraisal emailed directly to you in 48 hours.
  • Price guides already two years out of date when published and often give only a minimum of information.
  •  Specialized reference information regarding Antique Appraisals is expensive and often difficult to find at your local library or bookstore.
  •  Professional appraisers fee’s range from $75.00 to $400.00 per hour, we have a wide range of appraisal services from $1.39- $12.95 U.S

How do we get our appraisal information?

  • We monitor all the major Auction Houses world wide for the most up to date sales results.
  •  We monitor Auction sales results from several Online Auctions daily and add these results weekly to our database.
  •  We subscribe to all the Major & Minor Antique & Collectible trade publications.
  •  Our Reference library is constantly growing, some of our books about Antique collecting & restoration date to the 1820′s!

We regularly participate in Roadshow type events, shows and auctions to maintain contact with those in the trade.

What will my appraisal look like?
We use the same research methods for our Online Appraisals as we do for our regular appraisals. for Insurance, Tax or Estate  purposes we follow the USPAP guidelines (Uniform Standards of  Professional Appraisal Practice). Note that our appraisals are based on the images and information you send us, please read our disclaimer about Hypothetical Appraisals


19 Responses to “About Online Appraisals”

  1. Aaron March 20, 2013 at 2:37 am Permalink

    I purchased a ring online that was purported to be very old…as in Viking made. I seriously doubt it’s true, but the price was right, and I liked it regardless. I’m more interested in authenticating its approximate age, but would get a kick out of knowing its value as well. Is this something you could help me with?

    • admin March 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm Permalink

      Hi Aaron, jewelry generally needs to be physically appraised, but if any precious metal such as gold or silver was used in making it there should be some markings on it. Have a look under a magnifying glass and get back to me with what you find.

  2. michelle March 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm Permalink

    Hello,i have a picture of a cat ,i belive its made of some time of real hair weaved into a picture.it was given to me as a gift .there is no visible markings of an artist,but the frame itself is super old

  3. tonya May 18, 2013 at 4:41 am Permalink

    I have a question about a paprika shaker I have. It appears to be from the 40′s due to the fact it only has “Japan” printed on the bottom in blue, next to the cork that holds in the seasoning. This shaker is in the shape of a mallet, the seasoning part itself is white ceramic or porcelain and the handle is wood and can be screwed apart. It might be about 6 inches in length total, the shaker part about 3 1/3 inches, and maybe 2 in diameter. It has a painted rooster on it, the rooster has a yellow body and black head and tail with orange feet and red at its neck. the black and orange were painted on after the yellow, also there are black triangles over the yellow to accent feathers I guess. It is almost in mint condition I would say, the handle is a little dirty and I’m not about to wash it in case it is of value. I searched the internet and the only ones I can find like it (which took me about 2 days to find) someone sold a set of 4 on eBay for $6.49. Even if it’s not worth much, and isn’t from the 40′s it has to be worth more than that just buying something like that at a store new these days, especially for 4 of them (although I only have one.)
    Anyways, I hope you can give me some sort of information, I described it as best I could.

  4. Marianne Mason May 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm Permalink

    I have an old antique oriental bowl of some kind please Any info you have would be a huge help :) (503)-993-3197

    • admin June 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm Permalink

      I would suggest requesting an appraisal, you can upload your request and images by clicking the appraisal link on the main page

    • admin September 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm Permalink

      Here is a link to use our appraisal services

  5. Kaweewong July 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm Permalink

    I have a set of Susie Cooper tea set. All of them has numbers edged at the bottom, and I would like to know if it’s authentic and how much the set is worth on the market? The setvthat I have had been with my family possession for at least 50 years and contains nine pieces including a tea tray.

    • admin September 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm Permalink

      A lot depends on the pattern as far as value goes, you’d need to use our appraisal service and submit images to find out the value and authenticity of what you have. There is an Get an Appraisal link on our main blog page for that purpose.

  6. Emma August 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm Permalink

    Maybe this one too? Steamer Trunk, thought to be around the year 1920. Original Lock(no key). Missing a drawer on the left, but has all hangers and other 4 drawers. Initials “E.P.” on the side/top. Genuine Diamond Vulcanized Fibre. Original Condition. This item is not as important to me as the book. But does anyone know what maybe an estimate of what it is worth?

    • admin September 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm Permalink

      Without any images it’s impossible to determine what it’s worth, some trunks are worth over $5000, others $50.00

  7. Michelle Ragan August 6, 2013 at 9:42 pm Permalink

    Hi, I have some old 1960′s gas station dishes, plates, cups, saucers, bowls, creamer, sugar bowl, and I also have an old banjo, husbands uncle made it, he lived in Victorville and from what husband told me, him and roy rogers were friends and used to sit around and play sometimes, just wondering if they might be worth anything, I have pictures I can let you see

    • admin September 12, 2013 at 6:33 pm Permalink

      You’re best bet is to submit a request for an appraisal, the link is at the top of our blog page.

  8. Jennifer August 8, 2013 at 12:27 am Permalink

    Hi I have a pair of 225CT total tiny 0.4/0.6mm rough cut diamond encrusted Christian louboutons I’d say using around 10-15,000 diamonds i total,would I even be able to get an appraisal for these?

    • admin September 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm Permalink

      An item like that requires a physical appraisal by a gemologist and an appraisers who specializes in that market.

  9. rosemary August 12, 2013 at 1:57 am Permalink

    portrait from jim Hampton what is it worth?

    • admin September 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm Permalink

      Original oil paintings really require a physical appraisal and are not suited to any online appraisal format.

  10. Patricia September 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm Permalink

    I have several sports items and collectables. How do I get them appraised?

    • admin September 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm Permalink

      Hi Patrica, sorry about the delay in getting back to you, your request went into our spam file. You can get your appraisal from the “Get an Appraisal” link at the top of our blog page.


      Mike Wilcox

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