Did you make a great antique find this year? Discover a long lost treasure in your attic? Have a strange item with no clue what it is? If so, you don’t want to miss this year’s Rockpile Museum Antique Appraisal Fair! This is your chance to have antiques, collectibles, and novelties identified and appraised by experts from around the region. This event is will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14th. All appraisals are FREE, but our guest appraisers will be taking voluntary tips. We encourage guests to bring only a few items that they can easily carry themselves. Also, please bring any firearms or weapons into the museum unloaded and in a case if possible. We will have experts on general antiques as well as glassware, furniture, Native American artifacts and beadwork, coins and paper money, bits and spurs, Boy Scout materials, American paintings and drawings, American illustrative material, jewelry, timepieces, firearms, musical instruments, license plates, and much more.
MEET THE APPRAISERS
Fred Taraba from Taraba Illustration Art of Casper - Fred will appraise printed American illustrative material and vintage American paintings and drawings. For sixteen years he was the Director of Illustration House, Inc. a New York City gallery and auction house specializing in the artform. Prior to that he spent eight years with The Society of Illustrators in New York as their Assistant Director/ Curator and Librarian. Mr. Taraba is a Member of the Appraisers Association of America.
Chris Johnson, Trevor Johnson, and the crew from The Clockshop and Presidential Pawn in Rapid City - Chris and Trevor will appraise a variety of items including antique timepieces, jewelry, firearms, coins, musical instruments, and novelties. The Johnson family has been in business in downtown Rapid City for more than a decade.
Bruce Marshall from Marshall Jewelry in Gillette - Bruce can give fair market value on jewelry and precious metals. Bruce and family moved to Gillette in 1987 and managed Zane's Jewelry downtown. They bought the business in 1997 and moved it to its present location in 2001.
Jeb Taylor from Jeb Taylor Artifacts of Buffalo - Jeb will be glad to appraise any Native American projectile points, artifacts, and beaded items that you may have. Taylor is the author of Projectile Points of the High Plains and is a member of the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association.
Byron Oedekoven of Campbell County - Byron has a tremendous knowledge about makers of bits and spurs from Wyoming and the American West. A third generation resident, Byron has more knowledge of the makers from Gillette than anyone else that has ever come into the museum.
John Stalick of Cowboy State Plates in Gillette (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ONLY) - John is an expert in the history and value of Wyoming license plates and is the President of the Wyoming License Plate Society.
Fred Harvey of Gillette - Fred will be on hand to appraise U.S. currency (coins and paper), Boy Scout memorabilia, and glass insulators. He is a longtime collector and friend of the Museum.
Bruce Smith of Casper - Bruce has been in the antique business for many years and can appraise almost any antique item that comes before him. He has a specialty in glassware. He is a member of the Casper Antique and Collectors Club.
Garey and Ann Herman of Gillette - The Hermans can also appraise general antiques and have a vast knowledge of furniture. As furniture is often heavy and difficult to move, they will take a look at photographs and do their best to help you value your family treasures. Garey and Ann have operated an antique and furniture restoration business in Gillette since 1989.