Although we have undertaken appraisal assignments for some of the most distinguished museums and private collectors in the country, we enjoy being of service to the beginning collector. We provide appraisals for single objects or large collections, and have seen everything from obscure Southern colonial silvermiths to famous American silver companies like Tiffany & Co. and Gorham, and even pieces made for European royalty. Our work has been recognized and accepted by insurance companies, museums, the Internal Revenue Service, courts of law and lending institutions. We provide objective, unbiased reports that are confidential. We are willing to travel nationwide for an assignment.
Choose a qualified appraiser who has been professionally trained and tested by a recognized appraisal association, has experience and education in the field of the object(s) to be appraised and is knowledgeable in the legal, financial, and technical requirements of the appraisal. Personal property appraisers are not licensed and anyone may call himself/herself an appraiser no matter what their qualifications (or their lack thereof). It is therefore crucial to enlist the services of a qualified appraiser.
Our appraisals conform to the standards of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) established by the Appraisal Foundation, authorized by Congress to create appraisal standards and qualifications, as well as the technical and ethical requirements of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA).
Although there are generalist appraisers who also appraise silver, it is best that the appraisal of your more valuable and specialized articles (paintings, rugs, silver, ceramics, furs, etc.) be prepared by experts in those individual fields. This usually is not more expensive, and can actually save you money: Our fees are commensurate with those charged by other appraisers, but our specific knowledge of silver, combined with our extensive library, vast reference capabilities and personal connections in the marketplace means less time spent on research.
In addition to traditional written appraisals for valuation, we can provide the following types of services:
We do not buy or sell silver in order to avoid any conflict of interest.
Our practice is limited to appraisal of antique and modern silver. For collections involving property in other fields or disciplines we are happy to recommend colleagues who have equivalent expertise in their areas. We encourage clients to seek appraisers who are members of one of the non-profit appraisal organizations that test members and who require adherence to strict ethical standards. These are the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and the international Society of Appraisers (ISA).
All appraisal work is charged on an hourly or per diem basis, and is based on the time spent in examining the property, the research time involved, and in the preparation of the appraisal report. The appraisal fee is in no way related to the value of the object(s) appraised.
Our rates are commensurate with those charged by other appraisers in the Southeastern US, and we don't increase them for any clients, even when we travel to more expensive markets.