Antique Appraisal Day sheds light on history

By Samie Gebers

Last update: Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Mysteries were uncovered about antique photos, clocks, paintings and more during the 4th annual Antique Appraisal Day at the Old Town Newhall Library on Saturday.

“Antiques aren’t reproduced today of course,” said antique collector Ed Sanders. “There is history to them.”

Approximately 80 people brought in their antiques to be evaluated by appraisers to find more about the origin and possible worth of their items.

Antique appraiser Phil Fabian uses a magnifying glass to check the autograph on a vintage photograph of actress Marion Davies during the Fourth Annual Antique Appraisal Day event which was held at The Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Antique appraiser Phil Fabian examines an autographed Dodger baseball from the 1990’s during the Fourth Annual Antique Appraisal Day event which was held at The Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“We have five appraisers, some of them have specialties,” said Vicky Yeretzian, a member with Friends of the Library who coordinated the event.

“All of these people are very experienced and certified.”

Betsy Swallow had been surrounded by antiques growing up and she has always wondered about the items that surrounded her as a child.

Antique appraiser Gina Capaldi, left, discusses a vintage lithograph print with the owner, Veronica Olivas from Auga Dulce who brought the print to be appraised during the Fourth Annual Antique Appraisal Day event which was held at The Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“I’m interested in finding out what these pieces are that I’ve lived with and have grown up with for so long,” Swallow said.

Last year, a man brought in a kimono that was approximately 100 years old and worth 25,000 dollars.

“It can be anything from baseball cards to a Chinese screen,” Yeretzian said.

All proceeds of the event will go towards funding programs at the library through Friends of the Library.

Antique appraiser Terry Sonntag uses a magnifying glass to examine the handle of a Japanese dagger during the Fourth Annual Antique Appraisal Day event which was held at The Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
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Antique Appraisal Day sheds light on history

Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library board member Jim Beebe, left, brings a framed Syrian dagger and belt to the table for antique appraiser Terry Sonntag during the Fourth Annual Antique Appraisal Day event which was held at The Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Mysteries were uncovered about antique photos, clocks, paintings and more during the 4th annual Antique Appraisal Day at the Old Town Newhall Library on Saturday.

“Antiques aren’t reproduced today of course,” said antique collector Ed Sanders. “There is history to them.”

Approximately 80 people brought in their antiques to be evaluated by appraisers to find more about the origin and possible worth of their items.

Antique appraiser Phil Fabian uses a magnifying glass to check the autograph on a vintage photograph of actress Marion Davies during the Fourth Annual Antique Appraisal Day event which was held at The Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Antique appraiser Phil Fabian examines an autographed Dodger baseball from the 1990’s during the Fourth Annual Antique Appraisal Day event which was held at The Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“We have five appraisers, some of them have specialties,” said Vicky Yeretzian, a member with Friends of the Library who coordinated the event.

“All of these people are very experienced and certified.”

Betsy Swallow had been surrounded by antiques growing up and she has always wondered about the items that surrounded her as a child.

Antique appraiser Gina Capaldi, left, discusses a vintage lithograph print with the owner, Veronica Olivas from Auga Dulce who brought the print to be appraised during the Fourth Annual Antique Appraisal Day event which was held at The Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“I’m interested in finding out what these pieces are that I’ve lived with and have grown up with for so long,” Swallow said.

Last year, a man brought in a kimono that was approximately 100 years old and worth 25,000 dollars.

“It can be anything from baseball cards to a Chinese screen,” Yeretzian said.

All proceeds of the event will go towards funding programs at the library through Friends of the Library.

Antique appraiser Terry Sonntag uses a magnifying glass to examine the handle of a Japanese dagger during the Fourth Annual Antique Appraisal Day event which was held at The Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

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Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.