Merchants and Drovers Museum to Host Antique Appraisal Program

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RAHWAY — The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association will be holding their annual antique appraisal program on Saturday, May 1 from noon to 2 p.m. This event is open to the public and the proceeds will benefit the continued restoration and interpretation of the 220-year-old tavern building housing the museum.  The fee is $3 for the first item that is appraised plus $2 for each additional item.

Appraisals will be conducted by professional antique appraiser and dealer Robert Smith of Westfield Antiques and will be held in the museum located at 1632 St. Georges Avenue, on the corner of Westfield Avenue in Rahway.

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The program is designed to help participants learn more about antiques and what makes them valuable, while possibly learning what of their own family heirlooms may be of interest or even a rare find.  This is a perfect opportunity for members, friends and visitors to bring in their treasures, collectibles, hand-me-downs or old curiosities tucked away for years in the attic (except jewelry or coins), and find out if its value is more than sentimental.

Carol Reminger, a board trustee of the museum association, noted, “This annual event always reveals some surprising items and last year was no exception. One couple bought in a rare 16th century leather-bound book, and a woman from Rahway shared a cross-stitch sampler created by her great-great-great grandmother in the late 18th century.  We can’t wait to see what surprises we have in store for us this year.”

Doors will open for Antique Appraisal Program on May 1 beginning at 11:45 a.m., and the program will begin promptly at noon.  Participants’ items will be appraised in order of arrival and registration at the door.

Call Museum Director Alex Shipley at 1-732-381-0441 for additional information. You can go to the museum website at www.merchantsanddrovers.org for driving directions.


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