Historic Commercial Building to host antique appraisal fundraiserWritten by Paige Shermis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Historic Commercial Building is hosting an antique appraisal fundraiser, which will benefit the Maumee Valley Historical Society.
The event is set from 1-5 p.m. June 9 at the Historic Commercial Building, 301 River Road, Maumee.
Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres from Dégagé Jazz Café will be served. In addition, there will be a cash bar available to those waiting for their antiques to be appraised, said Monica Fowler, banquet manager for Langley Hall at the Historic Commercial Building.
The Maumee Valley Historical Society is comprised of eight buildings located at 1035 River Road, Maumee. These buildings include Maumee Clover Leaf Depot, the Gilbert-Flanagan House, the Frederick House, the Log House, the Monclova Country Church, the Box Schoolhouse, the Maumee Museum and the Wolcott House, built circa 1836.
The Historic Commercial Building, built 176 years ago, is home to Dégagé Jazz Café, Dégagé Express: Soups, Sandwiches & Such, Langley Hall and Generations Financial Group.
“Being another historical building in Maumee, and it being Maumee’s 175th anniversary, there’s been a lot of buzz on the history of the town,” Fowler said.
The antique appraiser at the event will be Richard E. Stegman.
“I was a university dean, and I recently returned home to Bellevue and opened a bed and breakfast there. I have been doing antiques for 25 years. I have had antiques shops in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. Now, I do appraisals,” said Stegman, who has worked at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and the University of Wyoming.
The price of the event is based on the number of antiques a person brings. The cost is $15 per person for one antique and $5 for any additional antique, with a limit of three antiques. The event costs $10 per each person without an antique, but these tickets are limited only to those accompanying a person with an antique.
“I am insured to appraise any antiques. The insurance [however] is separate from the knowledge base. My primary knowledge is jewelry, glass, porcelain, paintings. Generally, because I’ve been doing it for so long, I have a knowledge base in a variety of subjects,” Stegman said.
Stegman is unable to appraise weapons or tools, however. The event also prohibits the appraisal of medium-to-large-sized furniture.
Usually, Stegman goes into private homes and does appraisals for entire collections, and he occasionally works at Antiques Roadshow events.
“At most of my appraisal roadshow events, we generally have 50-70 people. Most of those people will bring one item, and some will bring more than one. This event is completely different. At all the other events I do, a company will invite their clients. This event is open invitation to the public,” Stegman said.
At the fundraiser, Stegman will conduct his appraisals so all in attendance will be able to hear the historical background on the antique and its value.
“I like to do the appraisals in the public setting, giving the background, history [and] approximate value. [Audience members] benefit from hearing everyone’s appraisal,” Stegman said.
Stegman said that he is realistic about the value of each event, and cautions attendees that many of the values that appraisers give antiques on certain television programs are “misleading and sensational.”
“It’s fun. I try to provide some levity to it. Antiques are just a wonderful kind of thing to collect. They are possessions that all have a not just a history, but a cultural basis for what they are,” Stegman said. “Antiques tell about us as a people. It’s fascinating to discuss these things and share the history, background, and the approximate value.”
“Between the two buildings, we are such a staple in the community. … We just want to continue to draw the community in, to show that the buildings are still here, still active and to show that there is more than one way to share in the experience of these buildings,” Fowler said.