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Northeast Georgia History Center wraps up annual estate sale

POSTED: April 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.
SCOTT ROGERS/The Times

Michael Cale, left, lets Richard Williams and Jerry Costa, right, appraise his Iranian-made, Persian-style rug during the Antiques Show and Estate Sale on Saturday morning at the Northeast Georgia History Center.

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The Northeast Georgia History Center held its third annual Antiques Show and Estate Sale on Saturday, giving local folks a chance to invest in antiques or find out if they already owned a treasure.

The antique show featured tables of local and out-of-state antique dealers specializing in a variety of items. Many other items donated to the history center for the sale ranged from sets of wine glasses to a Chinese wall hanging donated by former Sen. Zell Miller.

Richard Williams, a certified appraiser, and Jerry Costa appraised items brought in to the show.

"Every piece has to tell us how old it is," Williams said.

Williams and Costa paid attention to color, craft, condition and age marks. A certified appraisal, which costs $100 an hour, includes research and paperwork on the item. The cost for their services on Saturday was $15 per item, as appraisers only gave a value but not certification paperwork.

Betsy Hopkins, a committee member for the event, brought in for appraisal a quilt she’d found in her aunt’s trunk. The quilt, dated 1893 and lined with the fabric from feed sacks, was valued at $250.

The most valuable item appraised for the day was a Silver Horse sword valued at $2,000.

Williams and Costa also gave advice on how to find a good appraiser.

"Find out what it is you have and then get a certified appraiser from an association. Never pay an appraiser by price value, pay by the hours," Williams said.

Anne Chenault, co-chairwoman of the event and board member of the Northeast Georgia History Center, said that the show has been a success.

"It’s such an appropriate fundraiser, to value things from the past," Chenault said about having the antique show at the history center.

Chenault said the antique sale preview party held Thursday night at the history center was attended by more than 100 people.

Chenault also said she received a lot of positive feedback from visitors about the vendors.

"I can’t say enough about how nice the dealers are. They are fair and honest," she said.

One of the dealers, Mike Weaver of Southern Eagle Inc., displayed his many collections of silver.

One tea set he had on display was valued at $10,000. The five-piece set was handmade by Kitchens and Bailey, which later became Bailey Banks and Biddle. The tea set was made between 1830 and 1840 from American silver dollars.

Paul Dye of Shiloh’s Antiques displayed his collection of American Brilliant cut glass made between 1880 to 1920. He also displayed two Old Paris vases that used to be lamps, priced at $1,595 for the pair.

Dye said he does about 12 shows a year and it was his second time at the history center event.

"The weather was against us, but I sold a lot," Dye said.



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