Hundreds of people brought a bevy of items to an appraisal clinic at the Campus Martius Museum on Saturday in Marietta.
"We have seen some very interesting things," said Glenna Hoff with the museum. "There was a wood-carved deer head that was really amazing."
Many people brought in paintings and drawings as well as furniture and other trinkets.
JOLENE CRAIG Special to the Times
David Baker, of Marietta, shows a memorial urn from the early 1850s to Campus Martius Museum volunteer Lynne Johnson on Saturday during an appraisal clinic.
David Baker, of Marietta, brought a memorial silver urn made in the early 1850s with information about Nahum Ward's death.
"Ward was a landowner in the area and responsible for building the Unitarian Church," Baker said. "The urn was given to his widow after his death."
Baker said he found the urn wrapped in paper and hidden in a basement rafter of his father, jeweler Norman Baker's, home.
"It was given to my father by a client as payment at some point in time, but we don't know who or when," Baker said. "I guess I'll have to do some more research on that."
Baker said he decided to bring the urn to the appraisal clinic because he did not know what it was or how much it was worth.
"Growing up with my dad a jeweler, we had seen a lot of engraved items, but I had never seen anything like this, so I wanted to know more about it," he said. "Now I have to figure out what to do with it."
Hoff said the appraisals were performed by Andrew Richmond and Kristin Crump of Garth's Auction House in Delaware, Ohio.
"We brought in experts because we want people to get the correct information," she said. "Garth's Auction House is world-renowned for their expertise and we are very privileged to have them here."
Not only did people from Marietta and the surrounding area attend the event, but Hoff said people from the Chillicothe and Cincinnati areas have contacted the museum for information.
"Having an appraisal clinic allows people from the area to not have to drive a long distance to get something they may have wondered about for years looked at," Hoff said.