This is not Antiques Roadshow.

Determining the value of a treasured heirloom or a home full of furniture should not be guesswork.


While on-the-spot dollar estimates, as depicted on certain TV shows, may satisfy your curiosity, they do not pass muster for the Internal Revenue Service, insurance companies, attorneys for probate and divorces, and other entities for which appraisals may be required.

Having a professional valuation of your personal property protects your investment and provides peace of mind. Under certain circumstances, a formal appraisal, done to exacting reportorial and ethical standards, could be required by a court, your insurance company or the federal government.

Learn more about securing an accurate and confidential valuation and how to choose a qualified and trustworthy appraiser.

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Some reasons for appraisals:

  • To aid in buy or sell decisions
  • To determine federal estate tax liability
  • To set value of items to be donated to charity and resulting federal tax deductions
  • To inventory and value collections for security or documentation
  • For insurance coverage or in case of a claim
  • For equitable distribution in a divorce or among heirs
  • For matters of bankruptcy or collateralizing

4 Posterity Appraising can compile valuations in all of these instances and on just about any personal property. As a member of the International Society of Appraisers, I also have access to experts in many specialized fields. I’m also available for public presentations to service organizations, collectors’ clubs, women’s groups and other audiences on appraising and/or collecting, specifically needlework samplers before 1850.