February 8, 2002
Collectors of antique and vintage items can learn more about their value and history at the third Antiques and Book Appraisal Day on Sunday, March 3, from noon to 3 p.m. in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Library Browsing Area. Parking for the event, sponsored by the UMD Library Associates, will be in lot 13.
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.). All proceeds will benefit the UMass Dartmouth Library.
Appraisals will be offered at $5 for one item and $10 for two items (with a limit of two per person). Large pieces of furniture and other oversized items are not appropriate for this event.
The father and son team of Donald and Duncan Gray manages Compass Rose Auctions at Howland Place in New Bedford. Compass Rose’s merchandise comes from private individuals as well as banks, estate lawyers, museums, and historical societies. The Grays are familiar with a variety of antique and collectible items such as glass, pottery, folk art, porcelain, sterling silver, and toys.
Nelson has been collecting books since the age of nine when he bought a first edition of Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington. 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. Dr. Nelson & Co. Booksellers is located at 72 Kilburn Street in 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 fundraising projects. For more information about this event, call (508) 999-8946.