Published On: Wed, Mar 28th, 2012

Heirlooms come out of woodwork for Antique Critique

HARTINGTON — Did you ever wonder if that dish that had been passed down from your grandmother was worth anything?
What about the doll you had when you were a little girl?
How much is that old John Deere toy tractor worth?
What about the gun you found in the attic of a house that you had purchased – is it real or a replica?
How about the trinket you purchased at a garage sale for a few dollars – is it valuable?
Bring the item to the “Antique Critique Show,” in Hartington Saturday and find out if it is a rare treasure or just junk.
The “Antique Critique Show” will be at Tooties Hall, Hartington, Saturday, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The event, which is put on by the RC&D, will host regional antique experts who are available to evaluate items brought in by the public.
The Antique Critique Show provides an opportunity to meet with appraisers and find out what an item is worth according to Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council member Gary Howey.

“We have had good attendance in the past – people have really enjoyed it,” Howey said. “People will be able to talk to the appraisers. They might find out something is worth a lot more than what they thought. It is a chance to find out what it could be sold for or what it should be insured for.”
The public is invited to bring items to the Antique Show and talk to the appraisers or they can just come to view the antiques and enjoy the event.
A nominal admission plus a fee for each item that is looked at by an estimator will be charged.
A lunch stand will be available at the event.
The Antique Critique Show is an RC&D historical education project designed to enlighten local citizens and the antique experts about precious items that still exist in the area.
Last year’s “Critique your Antique” in Bloomfield drew people from across the area.
One man who attended the Antique Show brought in an item he had found in a house that was being torn down. The narrow board with nails running up both sides on the front had the base missing. but it was a collectable and he was told it could be worth $700.
At first glance the appraiser was knew it was valuable. The three digit number and the brilliant colors were clues it was a Humpty Dumpty game made by Bliss.
Other items that had been brought to Bloomfield included a chair that was estimated to be from the 1890s to 1910s; photos from World War II which could carry a high price tag due to their historic value; a quilt worth between $500 and $600; an old cup dispenser, which had the words Brooklyn, New York, engraved on it, turned out to be from 1918.
A cobalt blue milk pitcher; a hand-carved Indian rattle that was wrapped with strips of rawhide and had seeds inside to provide music; a 100 year-old gun; a hood ornament from a 1920 era car, and rare coins were also among the items reviewed last year.