What’s It Worth? An Antique Appraisal Event

Thursday, October 25th

Main Branch


Barry Schroeder Memorial Family Program



Call the library at 765-342-3451 to reserve your FREE APPRAISAL.

Limit one appraisal per person

SPECTATORS WELCOME – No reservation required

On Thursday, October 25th, the Main Branch will welcome Mark Moran for an evening of antique appraisals.  Moran will appraise forty items belonging to Morgan County Public Library patrons and your item could be one of them!  That garage sale find you just couldn’t pass up?  The family heirloom you’ve been wondering about?  Find out what they’re really worth!  Carefully examine the lists below to see if you have something that fits our event.  If so, call the library to reserve your spot.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, with or without an item to be appraised.  If you love Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers you don’t want to miss this special event!  Not only will Moran be giving appraisals he’ll also be sharing information about each piece’s history and what makes it special.


  • Fine Art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary
  • Furniture (photos of large pieces may be sent in advance)
  • Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware
  • Glassware, including lighting, marbles, and souvenir items
  • Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes & daguerreotypes
  • 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 & plastic), windups & mechanical banks
  • Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate
  • Clocks, including mantel, hanging & figural; also pocket & wristwatches
  • Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets & earrings
  • Musical instruments, including string, wind & reed instruments
  • Books
  • Sporting memorabilia

EXCLUDED ITEMS – These items will NOT be appraised.

  • Weapons, including swords & knives (folding knives with advertising are accepted)
  • Traps (like leg-hold)
  • Nazi memorabilia
  • Coins and paper money
  • Fine jewelry, including precious gems
  • Beanie Babies

Does your item of interest not fit in one of these categories?  You may still be able to have it appraised!  Items not included above that may, with additional information, be able to be appraised include, but are not limited to: Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic); ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures); fossils and minerals; automotive items; nautical and military-related objects; records; antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc.).

Those with an item that falls into this category should first contact Mark Moran at 715-281-5060 or moranm1953@gmail.com to confirm the item can be appraised at our event.  You should then contact the library at 765-342-3451 to reserve a spot.  A person with an especially large or fragile item should follow this same procedure to have their item appraised without actually bringing it to the event.

If you have large or fragile items or multiple items consider scheduling a home visit with Mark.  Home visits are available, for a fee of $75.00 an hour, and can be set up with directly through Mark.  Locations within 10 miles of the library are not subject to an additional mileage charge.  Contact Mark Moran at 715-281-5060 or moranm1953@gmail.com to schedule your home visit.

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