MARIETTA - Several hundred people brought antiques and treasured items to Campus Martius Museum on Saturday for the facility's annual Appraisal Clinic.
"It went really well," said Glenna Hoff, with the museum at 601 Second St. in Marietta. "There have been some really great items having come through the doors."
People from around the area brought paintings, drawings, vases and bowls and furniture. Dick Hayes, of Marietta, brought a 3-foot-tall framed advertisement for Chancellor Cigars from the turn of the 20th Century.
Photo by Jolene Craig
Andrew Richmond, vice president and auctioneer with Garth’s Auctioneer’s and Appraisers of Delaware, Ohio, looks at a vase Saturday in Campus Martius Museum in Marietta during the museum’s annual Appraisal Clinic.
"I used to own a small drug store in western Nebraska that was built in 1925 and found this ad in the back," said Hayes. "It was placed in a storage room with the painting facing the wall so it was left in perfect condition."
The advertisement shows a woman in almost a Gibson Girl style holding a feather fan. The name Chancellor Cigars is hidden in the feathers of the fan.
"I thought it was really beautiful and was curious as to what it is worth," Hayes said.
* About 1,000 artifacts were studied and valued at the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta on Saturday for the annual Appraisal Clinic.
* Several hundred people brought paintings, vases and furniture to the museum for the clinic conducted by Andrew Richmond, vice president and auctioneer with Garth's Auctioneers and Appraisers in Delaware, Ohio.
* Glenna Hoff, with the museum, said the appraisal events are popular, with people waiting at the doors with items for the clinic to begin.
Andrew Richmond, vice president and auctioneer with Garth's Auctioneers and Appraisers of Delaware, Ohio, valued the painting at more than $600.
"I was pleased with the appraisal and will keep the ad," Hayes added.
One item that will find a new home in the coming years is a hand-stitched sampler from 1843, currently owned by Susan Berry of Barlow.
"I bought it years ago when there was a two-day auction of items from the Otto Brothers store," Berry said. "I got caught up in the auction and paid $500 and it was just appraised for about $150, but I don't care."
The Otto Bros. Department Store had been a downtown Marietta mainstay after it opened in 1886 on Front Street before expanding into a Putnam Street store in 1893. It closed more than 45 years ago.
"They had a lot of amazing family items and it is believed one of the sisters of the original owners' who made this sampler," Berry said. "My kids don't like things like this, so, when I go, this sampler will be donated to the museum."
Hoff said this year's appraisal clinic was so popular people were waiting with their items when the doors were unlocked at 10 a.m. Saturday.
"It was non-stop," she said. "It is a really nice opportunity for people to bring their things in and see what their monetary value is."
This was the second year the appraisals were performed by Richmond with the auction house, which is several hours from Marietta.
"We brought in the experts because we want the best people in the business to give the correct information," Hoff said. "Garth's is world-renowned for their expertise and we are very privileged to have them here."
Hoff added that Richmond donated his time for this year's clinic.
"It is really nice to have the backing of Garth's, who sees the value in being part of our museum's community," she said.