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Question DetailsAsked on 2/22/2018

Need someone to appraise silver, crystal, china and some furniture.

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If you need this appraised for tax purposes - like for an Estate, coordinate with the probate attorney on how good and detailed an appraisal you need, but if going to be needed to tax documentation then you may need a fully detailed appraisal by a qualified appraiser under IRS rules - and using IRS forms for those items going to donation to non-profits. Of course, the value of the estate may also influence how good an appraisal you need.

Some times you may need to go with a certified gemologist for jewelry/previous metals, a special coin deler for coins, a specialty stamp dealer for stamps, an antique dealer for furniture, an art appraiser for works of art, or collectibles specialist(s) for collections of china or dolls or toys or such, etc.

If just looking for general market value or what it might bring at auction, many Auction houses and used goods store owners do this sort of back-of-the-envelope appraisal for a modest fee, and will also point out specific items that should have a formal appraisal or be looked into better to see if they have high intrinsic value.

Also - if an Estate or such, how detailed the inventory and appraisal needs to be may depend on how the beneficiaries intend to work out who gets what, if being distributed as physical items - many families just do a round-robin selection process without keeping track of value of the selected items (maybe after first having pulled out high-value items and precious metals and coin/stamp collections for instance), others get more picky about evenly distributing value between the parties (especially if one is an estate or conservatorship or such) so in that case may take a fully itemized list with individual valuation, which can run into the thousands for the appraisal at times. Ditto if there are a lot of jewelry or antique items.

If for insurance valuation purposes, ditto to above for collections andf antiques and such, especially if insuring individual items by name and specific amount per item. If normal everyday items commonly they will take a purchase receipt or an actual retail price off the internet from a reputable place for that type of item as insurable value - the latter works especially well for electronics and such that places like Amazon list in profusion, and also from specialty sites for items like guns and contemporary collectibles and such. For collectibles and such they usually want photos of each item, but may (depending on value per item) accept copies of listings from publically published pricing guides (which are usually reprinted and updated annually). EBay listings and the like, not so much.

Angies List does not have specific category for this - Estate Sales is the closest but not all those would be qualified in appraisal. If an Estate or such, the attorney can usually help a lot in identifying qualified appraisers. For large estates or collections there are firms that do nothing but this with experts in many different fields - in very high-end cases may require an appraisal from a firm like Christies or Sothebys or such.

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