Sarah Benson (left) from Trail Historical Scoeity and Joyce Austin

Sarah Benson (left) from Trail Historical Scoeity and Joyce Austin

Antiques appraiser coming to Warfield

Rossland and Trail's historical societies have partnered to host, “Antiques in the Attic – What’s it Worth?”

Are you interested in the history or value of a family heirloom?

The Rossland Historical Museum (RHM) and Archives Association has partnered with the Trail Historical Society (THS) to host, “Antiques in the Attic – What’s it Worth?”

Peter Blundell, an appraiser from Vernon, will assess those unknown treasures that may turn out to be more than dust collectors.

“In the past, some really interesting items have been assessed,” said Sarah Benson, archivist from THS.

“I remember a 1950’s Barbie in its original clothes was valued at $15,000.

“One time, someone brought in an old Masonic ring that was worth $35,000,” she added.

The event will be held in the Warfield Community Hall on March 1 and 2.

All appraisal appointments require pre-booking, and a pre-payment of $35.

Each 15-minute time slot allows for up to three items to be assessed.

“When people call to book an appointment, I ask what they are bringing,” said Benson.

“I send the info along to Peter so he can do a little research before he gets here.”

Some of the items that will not be appraised are jewelry, coins, stamps, guns and wristwatches.

This is the first time that Blundell has been part of the Kootenay-based antiques show.

“After doing a lot of online research, we selected Peter Blundell,” said Benson.

“He worked as a local expert on the Canadian Antiques Roadshow,” she said.

“And is an interesting character and a renowned appraiser.”

So far, Benson said she has already booked appointments, simply through word of mouth. Spectators are invited to drop in, watch and listen to the appraisals for an entrance fee of $5.

Benson said that Blundell has an interesting contraption that will allow the audience to see what he is appraising.

“Peter sits up front with a table and sets up mirrors,” she said. “He angles them toward the spectators so people can see what he is looking at.”

The fundraising event is a twist on Heritage Week, Benson said.

Heritage Week is celebrated in communities throughout the province every year, commencing on the third Monday in February.

Its themes are meant to open up a myriad of possibilities to recognize community heritage buildings; places and history; organize special events and celebrations; and forge partnerships with local business interests.

“This year’s theme is ‘good neighbours,’” she Benson, referring to the collaboration between RHM and THS.

“We thought it was a good idea to encourage good friendships between our municipalities.”

To book an appointment, call Sarah Benson at 364-0829, Mon. to Fri. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.