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    An Antiques Appraisal Event @ the Daviess County Public Library

    By: Christy V. Temple

    On Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Friends of the Daviess County Public Library will sponsor an Antiques Appraisal Event  here on the first floor in the programming area. This event will feature an appraiser by the name of Graydon Sikes from Cowan’s Auction House in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    This event requires advanced registration as there are only 50 time slots. Each participant can bring in one small or medium-sized item and will have 5 minutes with the appraiser. So, now is the chance to find out if that item in your great-grandmother’s closet is worth anything or not.

    For years we have had people come into the library and ask us questions at the desk related to antiques and what they are worth. We would try our best to look up their item online to give them some sense of the value but obviously we are not experts so we couldn’t really give them a definitive answer as to the worth of their item.

    This is one of the main reasons why, after all of these years, I thought it might be a good idea to try to bring someone here that could actually answer those questions. I know that for years the Antiques Roadshow has been one of the most popular shows on PBS. We all have items in our home that belonged to our ancestors that we’ve wondered about for years and would like to know more about the background.

    I also have done quite a bit of research online and found that many libraries in other states are doing the same thing, so this is not a new concept. Hopefully this will be a great opportunity for those in our community to come to the library, get their item appraised, and leave with the satisfaction of knowing that they have gained some real knowledge and insight into the antiques world as it is a booming business.

    With that said, let me give you just a little background on our appraiser, Graydon Sikes. Graydon is the current Director of Fine Art at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio and has held this position since May 2006. His areas of expertise include 19th and 20th century American paintings with an emphasis on artists of the American West. He is certified in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and is a licensed auctioneer in the states of Ohio and Kentucky.

    Sikes is also a featured appraiser on the popular KET television series Kentucky Collectibles as well as being on the highly acclaimed PBS series Antiques Roadshow, beginning in 2015. Additionally, he is a featured appraiser on Cash in the Attic, US edition. He has given numerous talks and conducted appraisal events at regional institutions.

    So, if you have an item that you want appraised, please call the library at 270-684-0211 Ext. 4 to register at the Information Services desk. We will put you in a time slot and give you a ticket number that you will need when you come to the library on the day of the event. On the day of the event you will stop at the registration table in the front foyer and give your name and ticket number and you will be handed a ticket to take to our waiting area to see the appraiser.

    If you have any additional questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are hoping for a great turnout so pass the word on to your friends and relatives. In the meantime, if you would like more information about appraisal services through Cowan’s Auctions you may go online to

    Also, please check out our selection of books on antiques and collectibles at the library and our online database: p4A Antiques Reference.


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