Antique Appraisal Events

My name is Mark F. Moran, author of dozens of antique reference guides. For the better part of a decade, I have conducted community events that involve appraisal of antiques, 
collectibles and decorative arts in the Upper Midwest.

All good things must come to an end, and 2020 was to be my last year of appraisal programs. But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced me to cancel the remaining events on my calendar.

If you have a question about your antiques and art, please email me at

The reviews are in!

"Hi Mark, I just wanted to let you know that the March 7th program 'What’s it Worth?' opened for registration yesterday morning at 10 a.m. and all 40 slots were filled by 6:30 p.m."
Lori Kreis, Adult Services Librarian, Hales Corners, Wis., Library

Sharon Cekada/Appleton Post-Crescent

"Our Antiques Appraisal Event was a great success with the people from the Spooner Area.  We immediately booked Mark back for next year and hope to extend our event from an afternoon to a full day. Mark's knowledge of antiques is very impressive, but what makes the event is his genuine interest in the people he is working with and the stories they have to tell."
Jane Frankiewicz, Director, Spooner, Wis., Memorial Library
Nice coverage of the events in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine here.
Slideshow of the program in the Door County Advocate, here.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you! The antiques & collectibles event at our library was wonderful. Lots of positive comments and many happy patrons. Thank you so much for coming to Kiel with this entertaining and educational program. It was a delight! Already patrons are asking if we'll do it again."
Julia Davis, Director, Kiel, Wis., Public Library

"The Greendale Public Library Foundation had a very successful Antique Appraisal Event and it is all due to the skill of Mark Moran. This program is a winner of three levels: Mark is a knowledgeable appraiser, a delightful entertainer, and has wonderful people skills. Everyone who came got their money’s worth and asked when the library would do this program again. We look forward to making this an annual event at the library." 
Gary Warren Niebuhr, Director, Greendale Public Library

 Gary C. Klein/Sheboygan Press

A great video from the St. Paul Public Library here.

Thanks to Leslie Sauer of QCTV for this wonderful video!

"Mark – I just looked over the evaluations and you got glowing reviews. People had a wonderful afternoon and want more of Mark Moran! Thanks."
Barbara Halligan, Hardwood Creek Public Library, Forest Lake, Minn.

Thanks to Shannon Prather for the coverage in the StarTribune

"Mark's vast knowledge of fine art, antiques and collectibles comes from decades of hard work, intense study and hands-on experience you cannot get from a computer. His travels have taken him from metropolitan hot-spots to tiny villages in Europe. I have worked with him at numerous appraisal events, large and small, and his down-to-earth approach and personable style add to his professionalism. A true gem in the business."
Mary P. Manion, Associate Director, Landmarks Gallery, Milwaukee

"We are writing to thank you so very much for the most excellent Appraisal Event held here at the Forest Lodge Library on Oct. 7. We would enthusiastically recommend your services to anyone wishing to stage such an event at their library or community center. 
We found you to be most accommodating, very easy to work with, professional, knowledgeable and entertaining. I believe that every individual who brought an item to the event felt as though their item was given sufficient consideration and an honest appraisal. It was a pleasure working with you.
"We look forward to welcoming you back for another Antiques Appraisal Event in the spring. Interest in this event was high and folks are already talking about what they plan to bring to the next one!" 
Kristine Lendved, Director, Forest Lodge Library, Cable/Namakagon, Wis.

"We were thrilled to have Mark Moran's antique evaluation program come to DeForest for a recent Friends of the Library fundraising event.  Everyone was impressed with Mark's professionalism and thorough knowledge of the variety of treasures our audience brought to the program.  
People appreciated the information about their items and enjoyed the positive way he talked about each piece, even if it turned out to be not as valuable as they had hoped.  Not only was it a fascinating and educational afternoon, but we were entertained by Mark's personable style of appraisal.  
His friendliness and sense of humor made it a fun event for all.  We're looking forward to having him come back next year!"
Jane Henze, Adult Services, DeForest, Wis., Area Public Library

My pal William and I at a 2018 event in Cannon Falls, Minn.

 Karie Angell Luc/Lake Zurich, Ill., Courier

"We filled our 40 time slots for appointments in no time at all, and our 3-hour event was a gratifying success.  No matter the monetary value of each item, Mark made each person feel that the  piece they brought in was special and interesting in some way.  
He’s also very entertaining:  his witty remarks kept us smiling, and his sense of timing kept us in suspense as we waited for him to state the value of each piece.  We look forward to the possibility of inviting Mark for a future engagement."
Bess Arneson, Librarian, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire, Wis.

My assistant, Abbi Knutson, carefully removes a vintage fishing reel from it's bag. 
Tina M. Gohr Photography

As an antique dealer, I bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana and fine art. I have been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years.

I served as contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine; as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Publications' Antiques Group. 

I am certified in USPAP, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. 

I was also a newspaperman for 30 years, filling the roles of reporter, columnist, news editor and copy editor.

For nine seasons, I was a guest expert on the PBS series, Antiques Roadshow.

To see some of my appraisals on Antiques Roadshow, click here.

Here's a link to my Roadshow appraisal of Alberto Vargas playing cards.
My books include:

Antique Trader Guide to Oriental Antiques
Antique Trader Furniture Price Guide
Antique Trader Clocks Guide
Antique Trader Guide to Metalware
Antique Trader Vintage Salt & Peppershakers
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 43rd Edition, 2010
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 44th Edition, 2011
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 45th Edition, 2012
Warman's Fenton Glass: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Fenton Glass, 2nd Edition
Warman's Companion, Fenton Glass
Warman's Guide to Majolica Pottery
Warman's Arts and Crafts Furniture
Warman's Country Antiques
Warman's Fiesta Ware: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Companion, Fiesta Ware
Warman's Gas Station Collectibles
Warman's McCoy Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Companion, McCoy Pottery
Warman's McCoy Pottery, 2nd Edition
Warman's Red Wing Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Roseville Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman’s Guide to Vintage Cookie Jars
Warman’s Guide to Lalique Glass
Warman’s Guide to Tobacco Antiques and Collectibles
Warman’s Guide to Sterling Flatware
Warman’s Guide to Dolls, Vintage to Modern

"My town responded enthusiastically to the Antiques Appraisal Event and we plan to do it again in 6 months or so!  Mark Moran was very pleasant to deal with and his knowledge of the subject matter should be obvious from his credentials. 
I want especially to pass on that I appreciated how respectful he was with the public about their treasures, whether they were worth anything monetarily or not (most aren't). People went away feeling satisfied and enriched by the stories they heard.  We are a small public library who can't afford many programs, and this one was definitely worth choosing."
Rebecca Dixen, Director, Baldwin, Wis., Public Library

"Everyone that brought items (to the Coleman-Pound Public Library event) had a great time and was wondering when we are going to do it again. Mark is very knowledgeable ... and he did 58 items in Coleman and was still done in the 3 hours."
Dorothy Kaminski, Branch Librarian, Coleman-Pound, Wis., Public Library

Scene from my first "web-isode" on Antiques Roadshow in 2010.

"Mark Moran’s antique appraisal program was a success at our library. It was held on a Saturday afternoon and everyone in attendance walked away satisfied with their appraisal and interaction with Mark. He delivered everything he promised, and his professionalism exceeded our expectations.
"The program stayed within the time limits but no one felt rushed or slighted. He gave thorough descriptions and honest appraisals. Attendees who stayed said they ended up learning about others’ items and found that educational and entertaining. We will consider inviting Mark back to do a bigger program at our Central Library and possibly using his efforts as a fundraiser for our Friends group."
Clare Kindt, Kress Family Library Supervisor, Brown County Library, De Pere, Wis.

Some of the wonderful fliers created for the appraisal events ...

Have a question about your antiques? Email me here.