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Our Experts Network features hundreds of the world's most distinguished specialists in dozens of categories from furniture to ceramics, dolls to fine art. Some work for museums and auction houses. Others are noted dealers and appraisers. All are independent authorities in their category.

Between them, our experts know and can research just about anything ever collected. You'll be amazed at the niche interests that some of them have expertise in. Our experts' bios detail their professional and personal passions

Global Tulsa Wiggler, 1926Whats It Worth To You has some truly superb appraisers from all around the world and now you can gain some insight into who they are and what makes them great online appraisers. These are some of our online appraisers in this section so that you can find out what their interests are, how they became an appraiser and why they are qualified to tell you exactly what your items are worth!
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Al Kochka. 

Location: Dennisport, MA
Categories: Fine Art
Interests: Mr. Kochka is a fine art expert. He is an appraiser of fine art and a collection consultant. He has appraised objects for museums, universities, insurance firms, banking trusts, legal firms, and private individuals. Mr. Kochka was director of the Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan for six years.
Affiliations: Appraisers Association of America
Bob Loker 

Location: Williamsburg, VA
Categories: Rugs, Carpets and Tapestries
Interests: Bob's passion lies in the area of Oriental rugs and carpets.  He teaches a continuing education course on oriental rugs for the University of Richmond in Virginia and also for the Christopher Wren Society at the College of William and Mary. Bob has been appraising oriental rugs since 1983 for individual and corporate clients.
Affiliations: Bob graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1960. He has been a retailer of oriental rugs since June 1982 and president of Shaia Oriental Rugs of Williamsburg since 1985.
Bruce Zubee 

Location: Seymore, CT
Categories: Antique Carousels and Related Memorabilia
Interests: Bruce has been selling, restoring appraising antique carousel figures since 1972.  Bruce also consults for the New England Carousel Museum.
Affiliations: American Carousel Association
David Donaldson 

Location: Orlando, FL
Categories: Fine Art Glass, Stained Glass, Lamps.
Interests: DAVID DONALDSON ANTIQUES is dedicated to advising collectors on the purchase and evaluation of authentic Tiffany Favrile works of art produced by Louis C. Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios.
Affiliations: During the past 29 years David has worked for the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Morse Museum of American Art in Orlando - home to one of the world's premiere collections of Tiffany Glass, including many pieces from Tiffany's personal collection and home - as both curator and conservator.
Deborah Allen 

Location: Lancaster, OH
Categories: Dolls
Interests: Deborah owns an antique store called Hidden Treasures of Lancaster. She sells a wide variety of antiques, however Deb specializes in antique and vintage dolls.  Deb has been a collector and dealer of dolls for years and has an extensive collection. She also does repair work.
Don Kafrissen 

Location: FL. USA
Categories: Classic automobiles including hot rods, muscle cars, antique classics and others.
Interests: Mr. Kafrissen has been a car enthusiast since his teenage years. Since this first hot rod took shape many years ago, Mr. Kafrissen has personally restored a slew of other classic cars and has aided in the restoration of dozens of others. He is often sought for his advice and opinion regarding different types of accessories and authentication of original design.
Affiliations: Mr. Kafrissen is affiliated with a number of Antique and Hot Rod associations around the US and Canada and frequently shows vehicles at various car shows. His showroom is full of awards from various shows in a number of different categories.
Dr. Darragh Elliott 

Location: Ontario, Canada
Categories: Fine Art
Interests: Dr. Elliott, the valuator, has received many years of "hands on" training, primarily in European Fine Art. Studies in Western European Art History, consisted mainly, but not limited to, the areas of English, Scottish, Irish, French, Dutch, Belgian, German, Spanish, and Italian.
Affiliations: Doctor of Philosophy, (Summa Cum Laude) LaSalle University, LA. Masters of Science, (Summa Cum Laude) La Salle University, LA. Certification in Canadian Art History, Seneca College, Toronto. Professor, (in an adjunct capacity) of La Salle University, Louisiana. Certified by the Courts of Florida as a Fine Art Expert. Charter Member of the Lladro Porcelain Collectors Society. His broad range and extreme depth of knowledge in the fine arts industry is invaluable.
Edward Finstein Categories: Wine
Interests: Anything related to or about wine.
Affiliations: Dr. WineKnow holds a Cellar Master Diploma from the International Wine Academy in California as well as a diploma from the Independent Wine Guild in England. He is a lecturer, teacher, afficionado and regular contributor to many wine publications and a renown international wine judge.
George Smith 

Location: Hamilton, ON
Categories: Clocks, Watches and Timepieces Misc. Collectables.
Interests: Mr. Smith retains an extensive collection of timepieces as well as early electric lamps and original oil paintings. He also enjoys the unique and esoteric and has a number of very interesting one-of-a-kind collectibles.  Mr. Smith is well known throughout Canada and the US , and his attendance at most major collectible shows allows him to keep in very close contact with current market values.
Affiliations: CAND, ANA, CNA.
Harold Hugo 

Location: Mariposa, California
Categories: Guns of all types
Interests: Harold's love of guns and weaponry began when he was a young police officer and continued to be his passion when he retired as a detective 26 years later. The only logical thing for him to do was to open a gun shop. Harold buys, sells and appraises all types of new, used and antique guns.
Affiliations: American Gunsmithing Association, FFA
Jeffrey Motsinger

Location: Portland, OR
Categories: Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Periodicals- Glass and Crystal
Interests: Mr. Motsinger is a board member and director of Portland's Rain of Glass, a depression glass club. The club organizes and runs the All American Glass Rally every May and does the same for the Depression Glass Show & Sale every January.
Affiliations: Mr. Motsinger is an accredited appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and shares an extensive reference library with his wife who is also an ISA appraiser.
Jim Owens 

Location: Tucson, AZ
Categories: Books, Maps, Manuscripts, and Periodicals.
Interests: Jim Owens has been a principal in Thorn Books for the past 15 years. Thorn Books is an general antiquarian bookseller, now based in Tucson.
Affiliations: The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA). The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). He is also a bookbinder, and an overseas member of the Society of Bookbinders.
John Bogert 

Location: Drums, PA
Categories: Model and Toy Trains and Accessories
Interests: John has been a collector of Gilbert American Flyer Trains for over half of his life. John and his wife run a toy train business and attend, at least 24 train shows a year.
Affiliations: TCA, Train Collectors Association.
Kimberly Rager 

Location: Windber, PA
Categories: Glass bottles, tin toys, kitchen collectibles, ceramics.
Interests: Kim grew up learning markings and styles and what to look for to recognize an antique. She has remained passionate about antiques and collectibles throughout the years. Kim is an antique dealer with a strong presence at antique malls both online and off.
Affiliations: Certified Appraiser- American Appraisal Association.
Michael Findlay 

Location: Ontario, Canada
Categories: Coins, Stamps and Numismatic Items.
Interests: Mr. Findlay began his numismatic career at the early age of 7 years old. His broad range and depth of knowledge led to the founding of the Canadian Coin Dealer Newsletter in 1985. This publication gives dealers of Canadian coins a monthly update of bid and sell prices according to information gleaned in the marketplace, from auctions and fellow dealers.
Affiliations: CNA, ANA, CPMS, IBNS.
Michael Higgins 

Location: Tuscon, AZ
Categories: Native North American Items, Pre-Colombian Artifacts, Mexican Antiquities.
Interests: Michael is passionate about finding that rare artifact to offer in his gallery or pass on to a customer from his very prestigious client list. Michael is recognized as one of the country's foremost authorities in his field. His gallery in Tuscon is well worth the visit where his love of Native art is sure to spill over onto the visitor.
Affiliations: Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association. 
Michael Jaffe 

Location: Vancouver, WA
Categories: Stamps.
Interests: When Mr. Jaffe started Michael Jaffe Stamps in 1975, he was dealing primarily in United States stamps. By 1976 he developed a specialty in Waterfowl stamps (stamps required to hunt ducks). As interest in duck stamps grew, so did the inventory of Michael Jaffe Stamps. By offering high quality, fair prices, and fast service, Michael Jaffe Stamps soon became one of the largest duck stamp dealers in the country.
Affiliations: American Stamp Dealers Association (ASDA) Life Member. American Philatelic Society (APS) Life Member SRS, ARA, SIP. National Stamp Dealers Association (NSDA). Oregon Stamp Socity. Seattle Collectors Club. National Duck Stamp Collectors Society.
O. Craig Fashoro 

Location: Houston, TX
Categories: African Art, Artifacts, Atiquities, Contemporary African Decorative Art, African Hand-made Fabric and Textile Art.
Interests: Mr. Fashoro is the president and senior appraiser for the African Art Appraisal Services and is often requested to consult with museums, institutions and individual collectors regarding authentication and professional value assessment. He is also the president of one of Houston's largest and most respected African Art galleries, African Quintessence.
Affiliations: Mr. Fashoro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in African Arts and History as well as a Master of Science degree from Mass. Communication. He is an accredited appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers and his reputation is well know in his field.
Phil Wyles 

Location: Alberta, Canada
Categories: Health Care, Scientific, Cars and Trucks, Office and Computer, Industrial and Machinery, Heavy Equipment, Restaurant and Food Preparation Equipment.
Interests: Phil works in the appraisal industry and a large part of his job is to establish reserve values for Public Auctions.
Affiliations: Phil is an accredited member of the Canadian Personal Property Appraiser Association (CPPA)
R. Wiltfong 

Location: Kansas, USA
Categories: Telephones
Interests: Mr. Wiltfong has collected and restored old telephone for the last 20 years. Before that his grandfather owned and operated a small telephone exchange in rural Kansas.
Affiliations: Telephone Collectors International Antique Telephone Collectors Assocation.
Rachel Goldman 

Location: Bayonne, NJ
Categories: Fine and Decorative Arts, Judaica, Silver.
Interests: Rachel is currently a graduate student pursuing an advanced degree in Classics and Art History. She served as a cataloguer for Sotheby's Art Institute during 2000-2001 for the departments of paperweights, antiquities, judaica and silver. She earned a certificate of appraisal at New York University. While at school Rachel catalogued the Ancient Art collection of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Another specialty of hers includes Judaica items (printed ephemera, religious objects, silver and textiles).
Affiliations: Certificate of Appraisal in Fine and Decorative Art at New York University, Postgraduate Degree of American Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby's Institute of Art, Ph.D Candidate in Art History/Classics at Rutgers University.
Comments: Rachel also has a reading knowledge of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, German, French and Spanish.
Randy Camper 

Location: Lima, OH
Categories: U.S. Currency, Tokens, Exonumia.
Interests: Mr. Camper's Modern Rarities has been existence since 1987, specializing in modern U.S. coinage & die varieties. Now days, he functions as the Senior Numismatist and his wife is the President & CEO. Together, they are the nucleus of the Modern Rarities "Team!"
Affiliations: Florida United Numismatists, Michigan State Numismatic Society, Indiana State Numismatic Society, Columbus Numismatic Society, Central States Numismatic Society, American Numismatic Association, CONECA Board of Directors.
Comments: Randy wrote the 2001 "Collectors Clearinghouse" and "Readers Ask" columns for CoinWorld, one of two major weekly trade papers and is a consultant for the Numismatic News "Coin Market," a monthly coin price guide.
Rich Hartzog 

Location: Rockford IL 
Categories: Knick Knacks, Memorabilia and Misc. Collectibles, Tokens/Exonumia, Medals , Badges and Medallions, Coin Operated Machines, Sports Memorabilia, Pottery.
Affiliations: Life Member: American Numismatic Association ANA LM 1046. Token and Medal Society: TAMS LM 57. Civil War Token Society: CWTS LM 11. Central States Numismatic Society LM CSNS. Michigan Token and Medal Society MI-TAMS LM29. Illinois Numismatic Association IL-NA LM 97. Numismatists of Wisconsin NOW LM. Member, past-member: American Numismatic Society ANS. American Vecturist Association AVA. American Political Items Collectors APIC. American Collectors of Encased ACE. International Order of Wooden Money Collectors IOWMC. Society Ration Token Collectors SRTC. Rockford Area Coin Club RACC Current Board member. Florida United Numismatists FUN.
Thomas Joyce 

Location: Chicago, IL
Categories: Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Periodicals.
Affiliations: Member: Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, The Midwest Bookhunters.
Comments: Thomas has been a professional rare book dealer for nearly thirty years. He is the regular book/map/manuscript appraiser for "The Appraisal Fair" on HGTV.
Tony Petruccello 

Location: Fair Lawn, NJ
Categories: Sports Memorabilia, Autographs and Collectibles.
Interests: Tony owns and operates All American Collectibles which is the country's leading publisher of premier sports art. Over the past 10 years, his company has had over 500,000 hand signed autographed pieces done. They have produced numerous Limited Editions signed by the top athletes in their respective sports. Jordan, DiMaggio, Ali, & Montana have been just a few of what they call the "ALL AMERICAN EXPERIENCE". His knowledge and experience in the sports industry is tremendous.
Victoria Shaw-Williamson 

Location: New York, NY
Categories: Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts.
Interests: Victoria has always had a love for antiques and collectibles. This passion has led her to continuously expand her broad range of knowledge in the ever changing antiques industry.
Comments: Victoria is a native New Yorker who has been in the antiques business for nearly 10 years. She began her career at Tepper Galleries, an auction house specializing in furniture, decorative arts and estate properties. Following Tepper, she worked at Christie's East in New York where she was an auctioneer and head of the European Furniture Department. Victoria is currently an independent appraiser based in New York City.
Will Gorges 

Location: NC, USA
Categories: Civil War, Vintage Photos, Guns, Knives, Swords, Militaria, Belt Buckles, Flags and Banners.
Interests: Mr. Gorges has been a full time militaria dealer and currently owns and manages Battleground Antiques, Inc.
Affiliations: Life Member, Company of Military Historians Life Member, NC Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. He is a registered appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers