Antiques and Books Appraisal Day at UMass Dartmouth Library March 30

Collectors of antique and vintage items can learn more about their current value at the fourth annual Antiques and Books Appraisal Day to be held from 1 to 4 p.m., March 30, at the UMass Dartmouth Library

Dartmouth February 20, 2003 Antiques and Books Appraisal Day at UMass Dartmouth Library March 30 

Collectors of antique and vintage items can learn more about their current value at the fourth annual Antiques and Books Appraisal Day to be held from 1 to 4 p.m., March 30, at the UMass Dartmouth Library. Sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Library Associates, the event will take place in the library's first floor browsing area. 

Duncan Gray of Compass Rose Auctions and David Nelson of D.R. Nelson Booksellers will appraise, respectively, rare and antique items and vintage books and other paper collectibles (photographs, postcards, etc.). Proceeds will benefit the University Library. 

Appraisals will be offered at $5 per item, with a limit of two items per person. Large pieces of furniture and other oversized items are not appropriate for this event. Parking is in lot 13. For more information, call the University Library at 508-999-8946. 

Duncan Gray manages Compass Rose Auctions, at Howland Place, New Bedford, with his father Donald Gray. A consignment auction house, Compass Rose's merchandise comes from private individuals as well as banks, estate lawyers, museums and historical societies. Mr. Gray is familiar with a wide variety of antique and collectible items such as glass, pottery, folk art, porcelain, sterling silver and toys. 

David Nelson has been collecting books since the age of nine when he bought a first edition of Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington at a local thrift shop. In addition to buying and selling books from local estates, Nelson appraises rare and out-of-print books, paper ephemera and related material and is a specialist in local history. D.R. Nelson & Co. Booksellers is located at the Acushnet River Antiques Center, 72 Kilburn St., New Bedford. 

The UMass Dartmouth Library Associates is a community-based group that supports the mission and goals of the University Library through special programs and fund-raising projects. 


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