St. Helena to host third Antiques Appraisal Day
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:46

The St. Helena Community Association will hold its third annual Antiques Appraisal Day at the St. Helena Community Building on Saturday, Aug. 17. file photo

Event to feature four expert appraisers

by Nicole Rodman

    Once again, Dundalk residents are encouraged to dig out their antiques and valuables as the third annual Dundalk Antiques Appraisal Day comes to town.
     Hosted by the St. Helena Community Association, the event is set for Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the  St. Helena Community Building, 6509 Colgate Ave.
    As in years past, the cost to have one object appraised is $20. A second object will cost $10 and a third object is free. Only three objects will be appraised per participant.
    According to St. Helena Community Association president Shirley Gregory, the event is the group’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
    Proceeds from this year’s Antiques Appraisal Day will go toward installing a new heat pump in the St. Helena Community Building.
    Now in its third year, the idea for Dundalk Antiques Appraisal Day was born after Gregory came across a similar event being held by the Carroll County Historical Society.
    After receiving guidance from the Carroll group, the St. Helena Community Association held its inaugural Antiques Day in August 2011.
    It was during that first event that a painting owned by local resident Robert Wirsing was appraised at an estimated $20,000.
    While there were no such surprises at last year’s event, a silver set owned by a local woman was appraised at $5,000.
    Looking forward to this year’s event, Gregory noted, “We’re hoping for something big again this year.”
    While there have been three expert appraisers on hand in previous years, this year’s Antiques Appraisal Day will feature four appraisers.
    Returning for this year’s event, Todd Peenstra of Annapolis-based Peenstra Antique Appraisals will offer his opinion on fine and decorative art as well as furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, toys and musical instruments.
    Also returning to this year’s event is Fred Winer of Parting with Possessions.
    Along with his wife Maureen, also an expert appraiser, Winer will assess the value of fine art, toys, coins and other antiques.
    A new addition to this year’s event is Brad Dudley of Timonium’s B. Dudley & Son, Auctioneers.
    Dudley will appraise military items and firearms, fine and decorative art, furniture, silver, glass, ceramics and toys.
    As he did last year, Todd Peenstra will offer public appraisals of items, similar to what is seen on the hit PBS television series Antiques Roadshow.
    In addition to appraisals, the St. Helena Community Association will sell hot dogs, snacks and beverages to hungry patrons.
    No appointments are necessary to receive an appraisal; only walk-ins will be accepted.
    Buying or selling during the event is prohibited.
    Due to insurance restrictions, participants must transport objects to the event on their own. Antiques Day staff cannot handle any objects.
    For more information, call 410-635-1150, email or visit