The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will hold an antiques appraisal


WEST BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will hold its second annual mini-version of "The Antiques Roadshow" on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at 151 Greenleaf St., West Brattleboro. Five experienced appraisers will be present to evaluate and assess antiques and collectibles such as books, sterling silver, art glass, china and pottery, fine art and signed prints, musical instruments, records and entertainment memorabilia, jewelry, paper, ephemera including postcards & documents, furniture, toys & dolls, Asian items, metalware, clocks, barometers, watches, rugs, coins, tchotchkes, much more. Firearms, knives, ammunition, or other weaponry, and large rugs or bulky furniture cannot be accepted. The appraisers are Richard Michelman, Kit Barry, Sharon Bocelli, Stephan Brandstatter, and Charles Suss.

Richard Michelman is a specialist and appraiser in fine art, sterling silver, glass and china. He is a native of Brattleboro whose interest in history and antiques started when, as a teenager he began working as a "runner" for local auctioneer Paul Lawton. He currently serves as a consultant for Jon Pappas of Knotty Pine Antiques and has performed many appraisals over the years for businesses and private citizens. A co-author of Before Our Time, he taught social studies in the Brattleboro school system. He has shared his collection of rare stereopticon views of Brattleboro and has lectured about the Brooks Library's Loud Collection and the Brattleboro Historical Society's collection.

Kit Barry is a 50-year expert in ephemera and will appraise any item either printed or handwritten. He will also advise on how to treat, display, store or repair paper items. Kit curates The Ephemera Archive for American Studies in Brattleboro, the largest private ephemera archive in the United States.

Collector/dealer Stephan Brandstatter will evaluate recorded music of all formats and styles, entertainment memorabilia, performing arts and theatre collectibles, including records, concert posters and merchandise, music collectibles, autographed items and anything related to music, theatre and dance. Stephan is the founder and former owner/operator of Mainly Music and has over 30 years experience in this field. He has appraised collections for the University of Massachusetts and for auctioneers throughout New England, private collectors and insurance adjusters.

Auctioneer Sharon Boccelli is an expert in a variety of categories. Sharon Boccelli & Company is a trusted name in the antiques trade, with over 30 years experience buying, selling and appraising antiques and collectibles. Sharon is fully licensed and bonded in both Vermont and Massachusetts. She graduated from the International Auction School, which provides an intensive course of study in auction methodology and psychology. Her company is one of the best-organized and most successful auction houses in New England Featured in an article about women in auctioneering, The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles, Sharon's company was praised by both buyers and sellers for above-board practice, accurate researching, and comprehensive representation of the goods.

Charles Suss, an experienced and highly-respected coin dealer in Bennington, is an active member of the American Numismatic Association (A.N.A.), an Early American Coppers and Colonial Coin Collectors' Club. In Bennington, he has appraised coins for Camelot Antiques and currently works at KF Armstrong Jewelers.

All the appraisers are knowledgeable in their respective fields and will offer an accurate valuation of your personal keepsakes based on current trends and market value. Come to the synagogue any time between 1 and 5 p.m., there is no admission charge. The cost for each item to be appraised is $5 (cash or check made out to BAJC), with a limit of six items per person. Be amazed or amused as you find out what your prized possessions are worth! If you have any questions or want more information, e-mail Stephan Brandstatter at


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