‘Trinket or Treasure’ antique appraisal event March 2 in Monroe, Wis.

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MONROE, Wis. — Are you a fan of PBS’s Antiques Roadshow? Do you have an old Swiss artifact or some other treasured or unique item that you’ve always wondered what it might be worth?

Turner Hall of Monroe’s Swiss Heritage Series is sponsoring a fun and informative antiques and collectibles appraisal event called “Trinket or Treasure?” from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 2, in the Turner Hall Grand Hall.

Featuring author and antiques expert, Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wis., items that are acceptable for appraisal include fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, assorted toys, metalware, clocks and costume jewelry.

Excluded items not eligible for appraisal include all weapons, coins and paper money, Beanie Babies, fine jewelry and musical instruments.

The appraisal opinions are informal, and may not be used for insurance purposes or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.

Pre-registration is required for an item appraisal, with a limit of one item per person. Registrants will be assigned one of the 40 time slots available for their appraisal. There is a $15 fee for the general public and a $5 fee for members of the Turner Hall of Monroe, who must be current on their dues to qualify for the reduced fee.

Observers are welcome, with no charge to sit in on any or all of the appraisals.

Registration forms are available at the Ratskeller Restaurant, 1217 17th Ave., Monroe, Wis., or online at http://turnerhallofmonroe.org/appraisal.html.

Moran, who has served as a guest expert on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, 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. He bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years. Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., 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, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Media’s Antiques Group.

The Swiss Heritage Series of the Turner Hall of Monroe is an annual line-up of public events and programs of general interest that relate to Swiss culture and traditions. Believed to be the only Turner (gymnast) Hall of Swiss origin left in the United States, it was established in 1868 by Swiss and German immigrants to south-central Wisconsin. The current structure, rebuilt in 1938 following a 1936 fire, is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Turner Hall of Monroe is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and is handicapped-accessible.

Posted Feb. 27, 2013

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