Old Lyme Historical Society Holds ‘Vintage’ Appraisal

“Vintage!” The very word unlocks desire in collectors and designers, as well as the merely curious.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s History Club member Ian James looks on as Carol Brevard of Brevard Appraisal and Estate Services examines an antique lamp at the Old Lyme Historical Society’s antiques appraisal event “Vintage!” in March 2012.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s History Club member Ian James looks on as Carol Brevard of Brevard Appraisal and Estate Services examines an antique lamp at the Old Lyme Historical Society’s antiques appraisal event “Vintage!” in March 2012.

To deepen and educate that desire, the Old Lyme Historical Society is holding an antiques appraisal on Sunday, March 17, from 1-5 p.m. at the Old Lyme Town Hall on Lyme Street.

This year Steven Lutar of the Guilford Coin Exchange will join appraisers Isaiah Griffith, Curt Wendler, Nancy Hoffman, and Carol Brevard from last year’s event. Their expertise covers books, toys, textiles, farm tools, precious metal jewelry, artwork, and coins. Each verbal appraisal costs $5 per item and there is a three-item limit per person.

Isaiah Griffith’s expertise is in vintage toys, hunting, fishing, and military items, current and antique gold, silver and precious metal items, jewelry, flat- and hollow-ware and decorative items. He is the owner of Griffith’s Antiques in Centerbrook.

Curt Wendler has been buying and selling fine used books for over 30 years; his background includes experience with firms in New York and New Haven, ten years as co-owner of Centerbridge Books in Essex, and more recently as the owner of a private book company in Old Saybrook. He will examine books, autographs, photos, posters, and ephemera. Old Saybrook resident Nancy Hoffman is a longtime antiques dealer specializing in textiles and early country items. She will appraise textiles, linens, coverlets, quilts, sewing, kitchen items, farm implements, and primitive country furniture.

Carol Brevard of Brevard Appraisal and Estate Services has been certified through Rhode Island School of Design and ASA to handle valuations. In addition to antique items in general, she will appraise paintings, prints, engraving, and other artwork, pottery, ceramics and related items.

Proceeds benefit the Old Lyme Historical Society’s scholarship fund. To make a donation, send a check to OLHS, PO Box 352, Old Lyme, CT. For information on how to apply for the scholarship, email info@oldlymehistorical.org. For further information about “Vintage!” contact the Old Lyme Historical Society at 860.434.0684.