St. Helena to host second antique appraisal day
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:28

Event to feature variety of expert appraisers

by Nicole Rodman

    It’s time to dig out your antiques and hidden treasures — the Second Annual Dundalk Antique Appraisal Day will be held on Aug. 18.
    The event, a follow-up to last year’s highly successful inagural Appraisal Day, will be held at the  St. Helena Community Building, 6509 Colgate Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The cost to have one object appraised is $20, while a second object will cost $10 and a third object is free. Only three objects will be appraised per participant.
    The brainchild of St. Helena Community Association president Shirley Gregory, the annual event serves as a fundraiser for the civic group.
    According to Gregory, she first came up with the idea last year after seeing a similar event being held by the Carroll County Historical Society.
    With a bit of guidance from the historical society, and lots of help from community association volunteers, the St. Helena Community Association held the First Annual Dundalk Antique Appraisal Day last August.
    During last year’s event,  local resident Robert Wirsing learned that a painting he owns, passed down through the generations, would be worth an estimated $20,000 at auction.
    At this year’s appraisal event, there will be three expert appraisers on hand.
    One of these experts will be Gwyn Houston, an appraiser of coins and jewelry at The Fallston Coin & Jewelry Shop in Har-ford County.
    Todd Peenstra of Annapolis-based Peenstra Antique Appraisals will offer his expert opinion on the value of fine and decorative art objects as well as furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, toys and musical intruments.
    Finally, Parting with Possessions founder Fred J. Winer will assess the value of fine art, toys, coins and other antiques.
    In addition to expert appraisals, the event will include concession sales by The Corned Beef Factory.
    For more information call 410-635-1150, email or visit