Fifth annual Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Day

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will hold its fifth annual Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Day Sunday afternoon, May 19, 2019, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro, Vt. Six appraisers, specialists in their fields will be present to evaluate and assess antiques and collectibles. Firearms, knives, ammunition, or other weaponry, and rugs larger than 6-by-9 feet or bulky furniture cannot be accepted. The appraisers are Richard Michelman, Kit Barry, Charles Suss, Walter Tofel, Larry Simons, and Stephan Brandstatter.

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 as a teenager when 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.

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.

Stephan Brandstatter will evaluate recorded music of all formats and styles, entertainment memorabilia, performing arts and theatre collectibles, music collectibles, autographed items, and anything related to music, theatre, and dance. Stephan was the founder and former owner of Mainly Music and has over 30 years experience in this field.

Charles Suss, an experienced and highly respected coin dealer in Bennington, is an active member of the American Numismatic Association, 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.

Walter Tofel retired after 51 years in the fine jewelry field, but he continues to advise younger jewelers about buying, identifying, and evaluating quality jewelry. Apprenticed at one of America’s oldest jewelry firms, Tofel gained an exceptional understanding of various methods of creating jewelry, which he applies to performing appraisals.

Larry Simons was the co-founder of A Candle in the Night on Main Street in Brattleboro in 1973 and is currently the retired co-owner along with his wife Donna who still runs the business. “Candle” has been a retailer of both old and new oriental rugs for 45 years.

All the appraisers are knowledgeable in their respective fields and will offer an accurate valuation of your heirlooms and personal keepsakes based on current trends and market value. Be amazed or amused as you find out what your prized possessions are worth! If you have any questions or want more information, email Stephan at

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