Historical association holds Antiques Appraisal Day

BETHLEHEM — To raise funds to preserve the town’s historical records and artifacts, the Bethlehem Historical Association is holding its second Antiques Appraisal Day at Bethlehem Town Hall on Saturday, April 18, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Each item will be appraised for $6 or three items for $15 by professional appraisers Russell Carlsen, Deirdre O’Callaghan, or Lynne Phelps. 

Carlsen is the auctioneer-proprietor of Carlsen Gallery Inc. Antiques in Greenville. He has been conducting auctions of estate merchandise and antiques in the upper Hudson Valley and Albany area since 1984. The gallery, one of the oldest established auction services in the area, specializes in 18th- and 19th-century American furniture and accessories, including oil paintings, period furniture, porcelain, Oriental rugs, and accessories.

O’Callaghan is the owner of Partridge Hill Antiques, which has two locations in Ballston Spa — Stone Soup Antiques and the new Doubleday House Antiques.  She is the third generation of women antiques purveyors, following her grandmother and mother.  She has particular interest in the areas of American and European silver, pottery, furniture, and small items.

Lynne Phelps, a Bethlehem resident, has been a specialist in antique and costume jewelry for 30 years.

Members of Bethlehem Historical Association with long-held expertise in a variety of areas will also be on hand to advise attendees.

Galen Ritchie has an encyclopedic knowledge of coins and stamps.  He is a long time member of the American Philatelic Society, the American Numismatic Association, and the American Numismatic Society.

Arthur Young is also highly qualified to evaluate stamps and first-day envelopes, as well as provide assistance with genealogy questions.

Ann Vandervort is well-known as a specialist in general 18th- and 19th-century items, particularly dolls.

Rob Halley, another long-time collector and dealer, will again be on hand to display and explain fascinating antiques, particularly from the Hudson Valley Region.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to purchase tickets, at a dollar a chance or six for $5, for a quilt drawing.

All proceeds will go toward association’s archival preservation of artifacts relating to the town of Bethlehem.

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