Dexter Area Historical Society hosts ‘antique appraisal day’ event

What do Victorian pop-up Valentines, a 19th century Russian samovar, and two beloved teddy bears have in common?

They were all evaluated at the Antiques Appraisal Day held at the Dexter Area Museum on May 2.

Three licensed appraisers from Detroit’s DuMouchelles Art Gallery, each with a different area of expertise, examined items brought in by nearly 60 people and gave verbal appraisals.

While most attendees took notes and asked questions, some opted to turn over their items on the spot – for an upcoming DuMouchelles auction.

The Antiques Appraisal Day is a fund-raising event put on each spring by the Dexter Heritage Guild. DuMouchelles donates the appraisers’ time and the Guild requests a $7 donation for each verbal appraisal. Monies from Appraisal Day and the Guild’s Holiday Bazaar in December are used to support the Dexter Area Museum.

Because of an overflow response to the spring event, the Guild has scheduled a Fall Antiques Appraisal Day on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:30 to 3:30, located at 3443 Inverness St. in Dexter, Michigan. Appointments are 15- minutes for 1-3 items, with verbal appraisals for a fee of $7.00 per item appraised. Proceeds and donations benefit the operation and preservation of the Dexter Area Museum.

To schedule an appointment or for questions, please call 734-424- 9998. On the morning of Saturday, October 10th, please call the Museum at 734-426-2519.

For further information check the Museum website:

Popular items for appraisal include crystal, silver, and pewter collectibles; fiber arts; jewelry; sports and wartime memorabilia,toys; paintings and drawings; and small furniture items. Appointments are made in advance in order to match an item with an appraiser’s expertise.

This article was aggregated from the Dexter Area Historical Society & Museum’s Fall 2015 newsletter.

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