Information For Those Seeking Appraisals and Object Identification
Arizona State Museum personnel may choose to examine objects owned by the public to give opinions on age, provenience, and function. Under no circumstances will an appraisal of object value for insurance, commercial, or other purposes be made.
Choosing an appraiser—In cases involving potential gifts to ASM, IRS regulations require that a disinterested third party perform the appraisals. For IRS guidelines on qualified appraisers, refer to I.R.S. Code Section 170(f)(11).
What to expect of an appraiser—Proof of expertise, credentials, proof of liability insurance, a written contract, a signed statement of disinterest, appraisal documentation, type of value desired (fair market, replacement). When contracting for appraisal services with a dealer, be aware that the dealer might be interested in purchasing the items at, or below, wholesale value.
The cost of an appraisal—Most appraisers charge rates based on hourly fees which can run up to $200 or more per hour. For federal tax purposes, it is illegal for the appraisal fee to be based on a percentage of the overall value of the item(s). A feasibility study may be requested of the appraiser to determine whether an appraisal is warranted. The cost of an appraisal might be tax-deductible in the case of charitable contributions. To find out specific requirements for claims, please contact the IRS or a tax professional.
Disclaimers—The following list includes the names and contact information of individuals who identify themselves as personal property appraisers or knowledgeable in the field of the stated material culture. This list is not all-inclusive and does not indicate any preference or recommendation by ASM. In no way does the Arizona State Museum recommend, guarantee, or endorse the work performed by any of the individuals or entities contained within this list. Where known, membership status in a professional appraisal association (AAA, ASA, ISA) is listed. Contact information for each of these societies is listed at the end of this document.
* Indicates appraisers specializing in American Indian/Native American items.
** Indicates appraisers specializing in books.
AAA—Appraisers Association of America (C-Certified Member)
ASA—American Society of Appraisers (AM-Accredited Member, ASA-Accredited Senior Member, FASA-Fellow)
ISA—International Society of Appraisers (CP-Certified Member, AM-Accredited Member)
Ambassador Diamond Jewelers - Diamonds - Stewart Kuper, 4668 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson AZ 85712 (520) 327-8800, Fax (520) 795-5302
American Eagle Brokerage, Inc. – Antiques, Decorative Arts - Pauline E. Roed (ASA/ASA), 6738 East Opatas, Tucson AZ 85715-3337 (520) 885-3635
American Heirloom Appraisers, L.L.C.- Antiques, Furniture, Porcelain, Paintings, Decorative Art
Artabella Jewelry Appraisals – Gems, Jewelry - Tracy Lee Aros, 1760 E. River Rd. #119, Tucson AZ 85718 (520 ) 751-7435, Fax (520) 546-5641
Asian Trade Oriental Rug Center - Asian Rugs - Tomas Almazon, 3525 N. Campbell, Tucson AZ 85718 (520) 326-7828, Fax (520) 326-1432
Covington Fine Arts Appraisals - American and European Prints, Paintings - Wayne Kielsmeier, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Rd Suite 140, Tucson AZ 85749 (520) 298-7878
Etherton Gallery - Fine Arts, Photographs - Terry Etherton, 135 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson AZ 85701 (520) 624-7370, Fax (520) 792-4569
*Michael D. Higgins Antique Indian Art – Baskets, Pottery, Navajo Weavings, Beadwork, Paintings, 4351 E. Grant Rd, Tucson AZ 85712 (520) 577-8330
Settlers West Galleries - Western Art - Stuart Johnson, 6420 N. Campbell, Tucson AZ 85718 (520) 299-2607, Fax (520) 299-6021
Dwight & Christine Schannep (ISA-AM) 3130 E. Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716 (520) 326-3070
**Truepenny Books – Book and Archive appraisers, Tucson, AZ (520) 546-0220
Diana M. Warren (AM) - Ceramics, Textiles, Silver - 5555 N. Via Alcalde, Tucson AZ 85718-5107 (520) 299-6645
PHOENIX METRO AREA
**Alcuin Books – Book Appraisers – Richard Alcuin (member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America), 4242 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 946-1969
Allison D. Gee, M.A. – Accredited Senior Appraiser Designated in Fine Arts - 2005-2007 President, Phoenix-Metro American Society of Appraisers (623) 535-0631
Appraisal Service, Ltd. - Antiques, Silver, Porcelain, Metals - Jean K. Patten, 4222 E. Agave Rd., Phoenix, AZ, 85044-4618 (602) 258-7267, Fax (602) 257-0710
Barnes Fine Jewelers - Gemstones, Diamonds, Jewelry, Watches - Paul R. Barnes (AM), 891 N. Val Vista, Gilbert, AZ 85234 (480) 545-8585
Betteridge Jewelers – Gems, Jewelry - Peter A. Betteridge (AAA), 7001 North Scottsdale Road #100, Scottsdale AZ 85253 (480) 948-0777
*Corinne Cain Ltd. - Native American Arts, Fine Arts - Corinne Cain (ASA/ASA), 326 West Harmont Drive, Phoenix AZ 85021-5643 (602) 906-1633, Fax (602) 906-0677
Bradbury's Appraisals, Inc. - Antiques, Collectables, Silver, Porcelains - Barbara Bradbury (ISA), 4515 N. Invergordon Rd., Scottsdale AZ 85251 (480) 947-2378
David E. Adler, Inc. - Oriental Rugs - David Adler (ASA/AM, AAA), 7350 N. Dobson Road Suite 108, Arizona Design Center, Scottsdale AZ 85256-2712 (480) 513-3200, Fax (480) 513-3202
Garelick's Gallery of Fine Arts - Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings - Robert Garelick 7791 E. Osborn Rd., #29-E, Scottsdale AZ 85251 (480) 994-4524
International Gemological Appraisal Service - Gems, Jewelry, Sindi J. Schloss (AM), 2931 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale AZ 85251-7207 (480) 947-5866
Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography - Documents, Photographs, Cameras (480) 299-9543
Karen S. Rabe, ISA CAPP, Appraisal Specialist & Associates, LLC, (623) 533-3306, W Running Deer Trail, Peoria, AZ 85383
Rare Art Appraisals- Fine Art, Antiques - Lisa Barnes (AAA) (IFAA), 2302 N. Vision Way, #105, Phoenix, AZ. 85086 (623) 582-4500
Appraisal Associates - Antiques, Decorative Arts - B. Anker Jensen (ASA/ASA), 1385 Iron Springs Road #225, Prescott AZ 86301 (928) 778-1500
Lamerson's Jewelry & Lapidary - Gems, Diamonds, Jewelry - James L. Lamerson (AM), 105 N. Cortez St., Prescott AZ 86301 (928) 771-0921
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
*Cathy Notarnicola – Historic Southwestern American Indian Weavings, Basketry and Plains Indian Material Culture - P.O. Box 33224, Santa Fe, NM 87594 (202) 302-1749
* Joan Caballero – Native American Art – historic & contemporary; New Mexican Hispanic Arts & Regional Southwest Fine Art – P.O. Box 822, Santa Fe, NM 87504 (505) 982-8148, Fax: (505) 982-7048. Email: email@example.com
NATIONAL ACCREDITING SOCIETIES
Appraisal Foundation, 1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1111, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 347-7722, (202) 347-7727 Fax