TAMPA — Many people have followed the “Antiques Road Show” on television, hoping to spot a familiar family heirloom worth enough money to change our lives. If people in the Tampa area think they have a treasure, they can bring it to the Antiques Evaluations Saturdays at the Henry B. Plant Museum. Seven Saturdays a year, skilled appraisers donate their time to evaluate the community’s possessions.
Bring those possible hidden treasures to the Music Room in Plant Hall at The University of Tampa for a verbal evaluation. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, local appraisers will be available to answer your questions. Evaluations cost $5 per item, which goes to the restoration and renovation of the museum. There is a limit of four items per family. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be sold between 10 and 11:45 a.m. If furniture is too large, bring a good photograph and a drawer or door from the piece, if possible.
The first evaluations Saturday of the season will also feature three jewelry appraisers: Kevin Burns, president of Associated Watch & Jewelry Buyers; Barbara Smith, owner of Barbara Smith Estate & Fine Jewelry; and Tim Schuler of Schuler Gemological Services. They will examine jewelry and provide a verbal assessment. Those interested will have the opportunity to bring up to five pieces of jewelry.
How to Care for Your Precious Metals and Gems is a free panel presentation following the evaluations on Sept. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Music Room (adjacent to the museum). Winnie Magnon Marvel, president of Magnon Jewelers; Ron McCarty, curator and keeper of Ca d’Zan, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; and Claudia Deschu, owner of Gulf Coast Art Conservation will discuss how to properly care for your family heirlooms.
Learn how you can unwittingly damage what you have and which hints from Heloise simply aren’t that helpful. Using real-life examples and visual aids, each panelist will explore their topic for 15 minutes. The audience will be invited to ask questions after the presentations. Seating is limited.
This season’s evaluations will be on these Saturdays:
* 2013: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Nov. 9
* 2014: Jan. 4, Feb. 15, April 5, May 3.
All proceeds benefit the Henry B. Plant Museum. Parking is available in the faculty and staff parking lot on the west side of Plant Hall.