Dozens come out for museum’s “Art, Antiques and Appraisals” event

Stratford-based appraiser John D. Sewell examines an Austrian Amphora art nouveau vase brought in by Fred and Liz Webley of St. Marys.
Stratford-based appraiser John D. Sewell examines an Austrian Amphora art nouveau vase brought in by Fred and Liz Webley of St. Marys.
Last Saturday, personal property appraiser Chad Martin, of Brantford, left, took a look at a pair of figurines brought in by Angela Edwards, right, of St. Marys. She said they had been in her family for about 100 years.
Last Saturday, personal property appraiser Chad Martin, of Brantford, left, took a look at a pair of figurines brought in by Angela Edwards, right, of St. Marys. She said they had been in her family for about 100 years.

By Dan Rankin

Dozens of people dug out their treasured keepsakes and curious knick knacks on Saturday, Oct. 1 for the St. Marys Museum’s first ever “Art, Antiques and Appraisals” event.

Chad Martin, of Brantford, and Stratford’s John D. Sewell were among several antique experts offering appraisals of the items brought out by St. Marys and area residents.

There were 28 appointments booked ahead of time to meet with Martin and Sewell, while others made walk-up appointments to meet with the appraisers. The items examined ranged from bronze statuettes to swords, vases, china and eating utensils.

Sewell’s appraisal specialties include paintings, china, glassware, furniture, lamps and household items. He can be reached by email at john@cyg.net, by phone at 519-273-6200, or at his website JohnSewellAppraisals.ca.

Martin specializes in appraisals in “militaria,” coins, sports memorabilia, art work and collectables. His business Valued History can be contacted via email at valuedhistory@gmail.com or by phone at 519-751-6117. He also conducts historical research and can help preserve historical items.

Martin told the Independent that prior to getting involved with antiques he took history and museum studies in university and also worked at a museum for a number of years. He’s also taken courses on appraisal and spends lots of his time studying to grow his knowledge base.

Other local artisans and craftspeople had work set up on display outside the museum on Oct. 1, while members of the group Corduroy Gordon provided live music.

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