Posts Tagged ‘antiques’

Tick Tock, Come and Learn about our Clocks!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

In Britain, since the reign of King Edward I, hallmarking has been used as a method to identify an item made from genuine metal that has passed a test or assay.  An assay ensured that the metal in an item contained a certain percentage of pure silver.

Some objects at the Andover Historical Society contain silver hallmarks such as the small pocket watch seen in the photo below.  These small silver marks not only denote the purity of the metal,  but also exhibit makers mark or provide information about where or when it was assayed.

If you are interested in history and enjoy learning about interesting traditions, come to Treasures in the Attic: Antique Clocks with Bob Frishman this Thursday, April 28th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Bob, a clock expert and owner of Bell-Time Clocks in Andover, will lead a tour throughout the Blanchard House to discuss the fascinating history of our tall clocks and conclude his presentation in the exhibit hall where many of our treasured clocks and pocket watches will be on display.   Guests are invited to bring their own treasured clock to this event for Bob to view.

This event is free to members of the Andover Historical Society and $5 for non-members.  Join us for a fun and entertaining evening!

If you have any questions please call 978-475-2236.

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What it Worth? Antiques Appraisal Event returns in March

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Stuart Whitehurst appraises an oil painting at the 2009 event

Back by popular demand, the Andover Historical Society will host its fifth annual “What’s it Worth” Appraisal event with Skinner appraiser Stuart Slavid.“What’s It Worth?” will be held Friday March 18, 2011 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Locke Street, around the corner from the Historical Society.

“What’s It Worth” with Stuart Slavid will start at 7:00 p.m. Guests may bring one item to be appraised or come to listen and enjoy Slavid’s entertaining and enlightening appraisals.  Tickets for the event are $15 for Andover Historical Society members and $20 for non-members.  Coins, stamps, jewelry and musical instruments will not be appraised at this event.  To register for the event, purchase tickets below or call the Historical Society 978-475-2236.

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Ellen Marcus holds the 18th century rifle she brought to be appraised in 2009

“What’s It Worth” is an open format appraisal event, which has become increasingly popular as appraisers have found that guests are just as curious about the treasures brought by other guests as they are about their own.  As guests enter they register their appraisal item, place it on tables at the front of the hall, and then take a seat in the audience.  Slavid will examine and discuss each item on the tables, appraising up to 50 items during the event.  Slavid is an entertaining and informative speaker whose goal is to teach the audience something new with each item he examines.

“What’s It Worth?” event appraiser Stuart Slavid joined Skinner in 1989 as Director of the Fine Ceramics Department, specializing in English and Continental ceramics of the 18th through the 20th centuries.  Stuart is internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Wedgwood.  In 1993, Stuart was appointed Director of Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts department which includes fine European and late 19th century American furniture and decorative arts.  As a leading auctioneer and general appraiser at Skinner, Stuart often lectures, conducts benefit auctions such as this event, and can be seen regularly on a popular PBS television series.

Skinner antiques appraiser Stuart Slavid

With galleries in Boston and Bolton, Mass., Skinner is a leading full-service auctioneer and appraiser of antiques and fine art.  Skinner is widely regarded as one of the most reputable names in the auction business.  Skinner’s appraisers and executive officers appear nationally on a popular PBS program.  Skinner’s specialty departments amass the expertise of dozens of trained fine art and antique specialists who stay current on the latest issues and developments in the worldwide marketplace.

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Tickets now available for 2010 Appraisal Event

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The Historical Society is now accepting ticket orders for the March 19th appraisal event: What’s It Worth?” The event will begin at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6 Locke Street, Andover. Attendees will be treated to an entertaining evening with appraiser Stuart Whitehurst of Skinner’s, who is also well known from the PBS hit show, Antiques Roadshow. The open format appraisal event has become increasingly popular, as appraisers have found that guests are just as curious about their neighbor’s objects as they are about their own.

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Ticket prices are $15 for Society members and $20 for non-members. To reserve your tickets, order online or call the Society office at 978.475.2236

Please note: Coins, stamps, jewelry and musical instruments will not be appraised at this event.

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An Entertaining Evening with Stuart Whitehurst

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

What’s It Worth?

appraisal-2007-2-croppedTickets are still available for our fourth annual antiques appraisal event, What’s It Worth?, Friday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Locke Street, Andover.  Attendees will be treated to an entertaining evening with Skinner Antiques appraiser Stuart Whitehurst, also of PBS’s hit TV show, Antiques Roadshow.  Each guest is invited to bring one item to be appraised.  Please no coins, stamps, jewelry, or musical instruments.

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What’s it Worth? is an “open format” event.  Guests register their appraisal item and join the audience as Stuart Whitehurst appraises and discusses each item.  There’s always something new to learn in this lively and entertaining forum.

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Ticket prices are $15 for Society members and $20 for non-members.

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To reserve your tickets, call the Society office at 978.475.2236.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

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What’s it Worth? is sponsored by the Andover Historical Society Board of Directors and Sotherland & Co., 44 Main Street, in Andover. Sotherland specializes in hand made oriental rugs, restoration services, cleaning and repair of rugs.

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~ Society members and their guests are invited to attend a free pre-event reception, sponsored by the Board of Directors, at 6:00 p.m.

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Tickets now available for Appraisal Event

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The Historical Society is now accepting ticket orders for the March 27th appraisal event: “What’s It Worth?” The event will begin at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Locke Street, Andover. Attendees will be treated to an entertaining evening with appraiser Stuart Whitehurst of Skinner’s, who is also well known from the PBS hit show, Antiques Roadshow. The open format appraisal event has become increasingly popular, as appraisers have found that guests are just as curious about their neighbor’s objects as they are about their own.

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Ticket prices are $15 for Society members and $20 for non-members.
To reserve your tickets, call the Society office at 978.475.2236

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Please note: Coins, stamps, jewelry and musical instruments will not be appraised at this event.

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And A Special Invitation to Members… Bring a Friend!

Andover Historical Society Members and their guests are invited to join Society Board Members at a 6:00 p.m. reception at the U.U. Congregation before the Appraisal Event. Enjoy light refreshments while discussing the new exhibit, upcoming programs, and the latest news from the Historical Society. Call the Society at 978.475.2236 for additional information.

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What’s It Worth? Antiques Appraisal Event

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Back by popular demand! Mark your calendar now for the Society’s annual “What’s It Worth? Antiques Appraisal Event”, Friday, March 27th, 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Locke Street, around the corner from the Historical Society.

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appraisal-2007-2-croppedSkinner appraiser and Antiques Roadshow favorite Stuart Whitehurst will be our appraiser for the evening. The open format appraisal event has become increasingly popular, as appraisers have found that guests are just as curious about their neighbor’s objects as they are about their own. After registering their item, guests take their seat in the hall and enjoy the show as Whitehurst examines and discusses each item brought for appraisal. An entertaining speaker, Whitehurst’s goal is to teach the audience something new with each item he examines. Coins, stamps, jewelry and musical instruments will not be appraised at this event.

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Ticket price will be announced by the end of February. For information and tickets, watch the blog or call 978-475-2236. Register for email updates by sending your email address to info@andoverhistorical.org.

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