Robert A. Hittel

Appraisal Services, Inc.

Accredited Senior Appraiser American Society of Appraisers
Certified Appraiser International Society of Appraisers
Certified Appraiser of Personal Property




An inventory and valuation of the personal property when required by the Internal Revenue Service.


An appraisal prior to damage is the best way for your agent to provide adequate coverage, and should the need for a claim arise, for you to collect full value.

An appraisal for personal property included in your separate rider, such as fine art, antiques, silver, crystal, porcelain and jewelry.

Damage Claim

Provides assistance in settling a claim, when there is a full or partial loss. Factors taken into consideration: whether restoration is plausible or recommended, replacement value before damage, and loss of  value after restoration.

Dissolution of Marriage

This appraisal provides an inventory and evaluation of determined items of personal property for equitable distribution.

A mutually agreed upon appraisal by an accredited appraiser can be used by both parties and is beneficial in facilitating resolutions.


When required by the Internal Revenue Service, and directed by your accountant, a donation appraisal for donated personal property can be provided.

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Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP)

Awarded the ISA CAPP (Certified Appraiser of Personal Property) by the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), the nation’s largest organization of personal property appraisers. This is the highest level of recognition the Society can bestow. It is achieved only by undertaking a long‐term, intensive course of study in appraisal principles, and passing rigorous examinations on the theory and practice of professional appraising, as well as on ethical standards of practice and legal considerations. Currently, there are fewer than 125 in the United States and Canada.

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)

The congressionally recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016

Effective through January 2020


Personal Property Appraiser (1990-Present)

Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts, Autographs, Antiques and Residential Contents, Machinery and Equipment

Rare Book Shop Owner (1974-2005)

Specializing in Americana, sporting, fine bindings, first editions


Foundation for Appraisal Education

Quinn’s Symposium – September 2013

Religion and Furniture in the Southern Back-Country

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in American Painting

American Stoneware (1812 – 1900)

Vanishable Antiques: The Story of Israel Sack, Inc.

Google It: Using New Tools to Unlock Secrets of Old Things

Ten Ways to Tell a Fake Painting Without Looking at It

Chinese Export for the American Market 1785 – 1940

“Priceless” Robert Wittman, Former FBI Agent

International Society of Appraisers – Appraisal Courses

The Appraisal of Japanese Prints (2011)

Requalification Certification Course (2011)

“Books for the Generalist” (Webinar, wrote and presented 2010)

The Appraisal of Fine Art (2008)

The Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Contents (2005)

ISA Professional Development Program (2005)

American Society of Appraisers – Appraisal Courses

Appraising Oriental Rugs (2002) Instructors Course (2003)

American Association of Appraisers – Appraisal Courses

IRS Rules and Regulations (2001)

Whitehall Seminars – 2007

Antique Pottery and Porcelain Identification

Fakes and Frauds of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Silver and the Modernist Movement

Wood Identification

Annual Conference Attendance

International Society of Appraisers

Pasadena, California (2018)

Fort Worth, Texas (2016)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2015)

Kansas City, Missouri (2014)

Nashville, Tennessee (2011)

Charleston, South Carolina (2009)

Fort Worth, Texas (2007)

Santa Fe, New Mexico (2006)

American Society of Appraisers

Tampa, Florida (2003)

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Bachelor of Arts Degree (1974)

Professional Memberships

International Society of Appraisers – Certified Member       (2013-2018)

Personal Property – Antiques and Residential Contents, Fine Art,

Effective through December 31, 2018

Board of Directors (2017 – present)

International Society of Appraisers – Accredited Member (2005-2014)

Personal Property – Antiques and Residential Contents, Fine Art

American Society of Appraisers – Senior Member                   (1990-Present)

Personal Property – Classified Specialties – Rare Books South Florida Chapter – Secretary, Vice President, President 2000-2003

Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association – Founding Member

Vice President 2001-2003, 2005-2006, 2008-2009, Board Member 2009-2013, President 2013-2014, Secretary 2015-2016, Treasurer 2018 – present

Foundation for Appraisal Education – Board Member       (2012-2015)

The Foundation for Appraisal Education is a not-for-profit organization formed to promote the advancement of education related to personal property appraising.


“I love what I do. It can be difficult and challenging but never boring.”

rahheadshotI never know what I might see, but I usually see amazing things every day. I’ve worked in houses, apartments, warehouses, offices, banks, vaults, and government facilities. My work has taken me onto yachts, inside wine cellars and out in the sun.

I work with attorneys, investors, bankers, auctioneers, flea market and antique dealers, collectors, artists, restorers, government workers and other appraisers.

It is one of the things I love about estate work: You can feel the passion people have for their possessions. They hang them on the wall, display them on a table, put them on a shelf or behind glass in a display cabinet; sometimes they are all over the house. I’ve seen collections take over a warehouse or become a small museum. However large or small the number of items, the depth of feeling for them is always there.

I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, and opened a used and rare bookshop here after graduating from college in 1974. In 1989, I became a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers specializing in rare books and manuscripts. When book-buying habits changed I closed my shop and expanded into appraising art, antiques, and residential contents. I am currently a certified appraiser of personal property with the International Society of Appraisers.


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