Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Event

What's It Worth?, featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran, scheduled for May 1

The Oshkosh Public Museum will host What's It Worth?, an antiques and collectibles appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, WI, on Sunday, May 1, starting at 1:00 pm. Pre-registration is required.

Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, WI, Moran has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, NJ; and as editorial director of F+W Media's Antiques Group.

An active appraiser of antiques and fine art for over 20 years, Moran has bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman's Antiques & Collectibles.

Only a limited number of spots are available for this event. The appraisal fee is $15 per item and must be paid at time of registration to reserve your spot. The average appraisal time is four minutes per item, and each registrant is limited to three items. Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.

Call the Museum at 920-236-5763 or email to register for this event or for more information. All proceeds will benefit the Oshkosh Public Museum.

Moran is also available to make home visits for people with big things, or fragile things (or if you have a lot of things to be appraised). House calls are $75 an hour and there is no mileage charge if within ten miles of Oshkosh. To arrange a home visit, or to inquire about objects not covered, contact Mark Moran at 715-281-5060, email, or mail to Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art, N7326 Maple Ridge Trail, Iola, WI 54945. You can also visit Moran's website at or find him on Facebook at

Categories of objects for appraisal may include: fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary; furniture (usually smaller pieces are best); ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware; glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items; vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes; advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects; folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider" art; assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks; metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate; clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural; costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings; musical instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments; books and sports memorabilia.

Excluded items include: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.

Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate. Suggested categories for advance inquiry include, but are not limited to: Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic); ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures); fossils and minerals; books; automotive items; nautical and military-related objects; sports memorabilia (including baseball cards); records; antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc.).

Moran's books include: Antique Trader Guide to Oriental Antiques, Antique Trader Furniture Price Guide, Antique Trader Clock Guide, Antique Trader Guide to Metalware, Antique Trader Vintage Salt & Peppershakers, Warman's Antiques & Collectibles, 43rd Edition, 2010, Warman's Antiques & Collectibles, 44th Edition, 2011, Warman's Antiques & Collectibles, 45th Edition, 2012, Warman's Fenton Glass: Identification and Price Guide, Warman's Fenton Glass, Vol. 2, Warman's Guide to Majolica Pottery, Warman's Arts and Crafts Furniture, Warman's Country Antiques, Warman's Fiesta Ware: Identification and Price Guide, Warman's Companion, Fiesta Ware, Warman's Gas Station Collectibles, Warman's McCoy Pottery: Identification and Price Guide, Warman's Companion, McCoy Pottery, Warman's McCoy Pottery, Vol. 2, Warman's Red Wing Pottery: Identification and Price Guide, Warman's Roseville Pottery: Identification and Price Guide, Warman's Guide to Vintage Cookie Jars, Warman's Guide to Lalique Glass, Warman's Guide to Tobacco Antiques and Collectibles, Warman's Guide to Sterling Flatware, Warman's Guide to Dolls, Vintage to Modern.

The Oshkosh Public Museum, 1331 Algoma Boulevard, is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm-4:30 pm. For more information about the Museum's programming events and exciting exhibits, visit, call 920.236.5799 or email

About the Oshkosh Public Museum
The Oshkosh Public Museum is a regional history museum, nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Housed in the historic Sawyer home since 1924, the Museum is entrusted with the care of approximately 250,000 artifacts and historical documents representing all aspects of the region's people and heritage. The Museum is dedicated to excellence in preservation of historical collections strongly focused around the Fox River and the extensive Winnebago watershed; interactively communicating the story of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago region through well-researched, quality exhibitions, programs and publications; and engaging guests in ways that inspire discovery. For admission, hours and more information about the Museum's exciting exhibits and events, visit, call 920.236.5799 or email

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