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Antiques Appraisal Fair

when: Sep. 29, 2012

Joel Lane Museum House presented its fourth Antiques Appraisal Fair on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 am to 4 pm. The fee was $20 for a non-binding, verbal appraisal for up to 3 items. Advanced appointments and advanced purchase were required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Purchases were non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Join us for the Joel Lane House’s own version of a popular television show as Claire Fraser from Leland Little Antiques and Estate Sales and C. Edward Alexander examined your beloved objects and told you if they are treasures or trash. Their appraisals will be non-binding and are verbal-only estimates.

Ed Alexander has a Juris Doctor degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, he practiced law in Raleigh for several years before going into the fire and rescue trucks manufacturing business, and his wife and he had an antiques shop for seven years at Five Points which earned the METRO Magazine Standing Ovation Award three years in a row. While engaged in those pursuits, he maintained a keen interest in antiques and art, specializing in silver and has been a recognized silver appraiser since 1970. For several years he was associated with SLOAN’S Auctioneers and Appraisers in Washington, DC and has had business relationships with Christie’s and Sotheby’s dating back 40 years.

Claire Fraser is the Fine Art & Silver Director at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Located in Hillsborough, NC. She graduated in 2003 from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a degree in Art History and Business. She has been with LLAES, Ltd. for eight years, after working as a curatorial assistant with the North Carolina Museum of History and the Department of Cultural Resources. Her personal collecting interests run the gamut from Qing Dynasty porcelains to Southern coin silver.

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Thank you for taking us on the tour.  I was surprised to learn [that] every desk had a different secret drawer.