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.
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.
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.
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.
The congressionally recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts, Autographs, Antiques and Residential Contents, Machinery and Equipment
Specializing in Americana, sporting, fine bindings, first editions
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
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)
Appraising Oriental Rugs (2002) Instructors Course (2003)
IRS Rules and Regulations (2001)
Antique Pottery and Porcelain Identification
Fakes and Frauds of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Silver and the Modernist Movement
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)
Bachelor of Arts Degree (1974)
Personal Property – Antiques and Residential Contents, Fine Art,
Effective through December 31, 2018
Board of Directors (2017 – present)
Personal Property – Antiques and Residential Contents, Fine Art
Personal Property – Classified Specialties – Rare Books South Florida Chapter – Secretary, Vice President, President 2000-2003
Vice President 2001-2003, 2005-2006, 2008-2009, Board Member 2009-2013, President 2013-2014, Secretary 2015-2016, Treasurer 2018 – present
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.”
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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