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Got a question you've been dying to ask, but don't know who to turn to? Now you do. When it comes to antiques and collectibles, there's no better source than Chatelaine's Antiques, Collectibles & Appraisals. And if we don't have the answer ourselves, we can turn to any one of our expert specialists for help.

Dear 1Earth,
What do you make of this terra cotta piece?  Is it worth going to the trouble to have it properly appraised?

Dear Nick,
We get this kind of question all the time.  The truth is, there's no hard and fast rule that says you should or should not get something appraised.

People often use appraisals to help insure an object or collection against damage and theft.  Some people get everything appraised.  Others only get appraisals of objects that are worth thousands of dollars.  They're willing to risk losing pieces worth a few hundred dollars.

Formal appraisals are best when you want to have several objects or an entire collection appraised. Depending on where you live, appraisers will charge between $75.00 and $400.00 per hour.  Plus you'll have to pay the appraiser's travel expenses and research fees.  So you might as well have a few items appraised at one time.

One of the reasons we started Chatelaine's Antiques, Collectibles & Appraisals was to address the unmet needs for a quick, simple, and inexpensive appraisal product. In fact, insurance companies will accept an Appraisal for most moderately priced objects.

If you're not sure what you have, an Appraisal will tell you.  And if your object is really valuable, our experts will suggest getting an in-person appraisal.

When looking for an appraiser, remember that affiliation with an appraisal association says nothing about whether someone really knows his or her stuff.  It's best to get a recommendation from someone you trust.  Most banks use appraisers all the time try asking a bank trust officer.  Best of luck with your terra cotta sculpture.

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