February 23, 2019

Antiques Appraisals at Chester Village West – Nov. 5

You’ve been saving those treasures for a long time, maybe even waiting for the right time to sell them for a lot of money. But how much are they really worth?

Satisfy your curiosity when the Chester Historical Society presents its seventh Antiques Appraisal on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Chester Village West retirement community. Six appraisers will be on hand to give you verbal appraisals of your items.

Your mother’s beloved china soup tureen… An oil portrait of your grandmother… A cherry side table… Letters written by your great-great-grandfather… The family Bible… Silver spoons… Gold bracelets and rings…

If you want to know what something is worth, bring it in during the morning of Nov. 5th, any time from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring in your antiques – or photographs of the items if they’re too large (if it’s a table or dresser, bring in a drawer too).

Appraisals will cost $5 for each item; you may bring up to  three separate items. All proceeds will benefit the Chester Historical Society. Chester Village West will serve coffee and treats during the morning. Chester Village West has ample parking and easy access (including an elevator) and is at 317 West Main Street (Rte. 148), just before the Chester / Killingworth town line.

The appraisers will be:

Norman and Linda Legassie have been the proprietors of Stepping Stones Antiques and Collectibles in Old Saybrook since 1976. A professional sculptor, Norman’s knowledge of fine art brings a practiced eye to examine treasures. Linda adds many years of experience as a researcher in the fine and decorative arts. Their knowledge encompasses a wide range of subjects from prehistoric to present, including furniture, jewelry, postcards, tools, silver, pottery, and more.

Marsha Malinowski is a Senior Vice President in the Books and Manuscripts Department at Sotheby’s in New York. With an expertise in letters and documents from the fourteenth century to the present in both the historic and literary fields, Marsha has seen a wide array of extraordinary manuscripts during her twenty-five years at Sotheby’s. Always delighted to look at antiquarian books or inscribed first editions, Marsha is a featured appraiser on the Public Television series Antiques Road Show. 

Peggy Maraschiello of River Wind Antiques  & Appraisals in Deep River offers knowledge of antique quilts, textiles and linens, artful and collectible ceramics and pottery, pedigreed glass, silver items, and much more. Peggy is an accredited appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers and a certified appraiser with the Certified Appraisers Guild of America. She has more than 24 years experience conducting estate and liquidation sales for antiques and residential contents.

Edward Swift, a retired member of the American Society of Appraisers, has extensive knowledge about antique furniture, and his specialty is period 1600 to mid-19th century. Ed had his own preservation and restoration business for more than 10 years in Glastonbury, where he was active in the historical society. Now a resident of Chester Village West, Ed continues to support the Chester Historical Society with his expertise.

Alicia Winalski has been the owner of Nyman Jewelers in Old Saybrook since Oct. 1, 2001. With 20-plus years of experience identifying and designing jewelry and the recent change in the gold market, Alicia keeps busy appraising and evaluating customers’ jewelry.