Antiques off the Roadshow

Image courtesy Scarlet BlackMay 30, 2015, 12 pm to 3 pm

Rummage through the attic, check out the storage area in the garage, and gather up the old gold jewellery you’re planning to sell. Bring your items to the 11th annual Antiques Off The Roadshow at the Surrey Art Gallery on Saturday, May 30 between 12 pm and 3 pm, and they’ll be given a verbal appraisal by experts who are knowledgeable about jewellery, antiques, collectibles, antiquarian books, and Asian, European and First Nations art. The appraisers will ask questions such as “Where did the item come from?”, “How much did you pay for it?”, “Is it a family heirloom?”, and “What do you know about its history?” The cost is $10 for the first item and $5 for each additional item. This is a drop-in event; registration is not required. Observers are welcome. Parking is free.

One of the most memorable items brought to this event in recent years is a helmet thought to be from the World War I era. During the appraisal it was discovered that it was an authentic Roman helmet, which turned out to be quite valuable.

About the Appraisers:

Linda Devine is an expert gemmologist specializing in Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco antique gold and silver jewellery. She can also give an estimated value for scrap gold.

Greg Tolliday has been in and out of the antiques business since establishing a shop along with his wife on Fourth Avenue in Vancouver in the mid-1970s. He and his wife continue to sell fine antiques at shows in the Lower Mainland and, through consignment, in Alberta and the BC interior.

Jane Harris specializes in silver, European art, bronzes, Asian art, textiles, and paintings.

Jeff Harris specializes in the appraisal of Aboriginal and Inuit art.

John King is an antiquarian book dealer with specialties in military history, paper, and vellum documents dating back to the medieval period.