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How Much is It Worth?

Are you wondering how much something is worth, or what it actually did way back when? Join us on Saturday, April 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for Bennington Museum’s Appraisal Fair. Bring family heirlooms or the odd, quirky piece you always wanted to know about, get it appraised and have your questions answered. Appraisals are $5 per item, with a limit of five items.

Charles Flint, of Charles L. Flint, Fine Art and Antiques in Lenox, MA has an impressive background in and knowledge of antiques. He performs appraisals and authentications for museums, as well as private collectors and insurance companies. A member of the New England Appraisers Association, he has particular expertise in fine arts, Early American furniture, both country and formal, 16th to 19th century oil paintings, both European and American, Shaker furniture and accessories, early blown and molded glass, paper and rare books, toys, bottles, folk art, early photography, vintage jewelry, civil war objects, and stoneware and numerous other areas.

Specializing in sports memorabilia, antique and vintage toys, Early American country, primitive, decorated stoneware, sterling silver, advertising, signs and country store items, military, Civil War, and high-end collectibles is Scott Martin of Martin Antiques in Lenox, MA. A second-generation art and antiques dealer, Martin has been an antiques dealer, picker and collector for over 28 years. He was raised in Lee, MA and currently lives in West Stockbridge, MA. He both assists and advises organizations and estates how to liquidate objects.

Also participating is Patricia Siskind and her daughter Maria owners of Siskind Appraisals in Williamstown, MA. Siskind Appraisals has been helping clients realize the intrinsic value of their possessions since 1996. Whether it is estate work, insurance values, advising on how to live with fine art and antiques, or retaining and dispersing of inherited items, they have been able to find a solution. They work throughout the Berkshires, Southern Vermont and adjoining New York. They are generalists, but their special interests include fine art, 18th to 20th century furniture and decorative items, silver, and estate jewelry.

All four appraisers have volunteered their skills to local fundraisers, and have helped with events like appraisal days, church sales and silent auctions.

About the Museum
Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street (Route 9), Bennington, in The Shires of Vermont. The Museum is open 10 am to 5 pm Thursday through Tuesday, closed Wednesday through May. Open daily June through October (closed July 4.) It is wheelchair accessible. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Admission is never charged for younger students, museum members, or to visit the museum shop. Visit the museum’s website or call 802-447-1571 for more information.

Bennington Museum is a member of ArtCountry, a consortium of notable art and performance destinations in the scenic northern Berkshires of Massachusetts and southern Green Mountains of Vermont, including The Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art , Williamstown Theatre Festival (20 minutes away); and MASS MoCA (25minutes away). Visit for more information on these five great cultural centers.