Antiques & Jewelry Appraisal

On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, we presented our 13th (and last) Antiques & Jewelry Appraisal event. Ten professionals volunteered their time and expertise to the Chester Historical Society to help the general public learn more about their antiques, attic “treasures,” silver, artwork, glassware, books, clocks, quilts, textiles, as well as fine jewelry and vintage costume jewelry. 

The Appraisers for 2016:

Garry Craig, owner of The Timekeeper in the center of Wallingford, has 25 years of experience with timepieces. He buys, sells, repairs, and appraises all types of antique clocks, vintage wristwatches, and pocket watches. He has been an active member of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors since 1993.  

Orville Haberman established his antiquarian and used-book business, Connecticut River Books in Deep River, in 1984. He appraises all types of books and ephemera, specializing in children’s, nautical, hunting, fishing, Americana, arts, antiques, and architecture books.

Paul D. Indorf is an independent jewelry appraiser and broker specializing in fine jewelry, gemstones and watches. His extensive credentials include Master Gemologist Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser with the American Gem Society and Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. Paul was the Senior Appraiser for Peter Indorf Jewelers for over 15 years. He left Peter Indorf Jewelers in 2009 and established Connecticut Jewelry Appraisers.

Norman and Linda Legassie have been the proprietors of Stepping Stones Antiques LLC in Old Saybrook since 1976. A professional sculptor, Norman’s knowledge of fine art brings a practiced eye to examine treasures. Linda adds many years of experience as a researcher in the fine and decorative arts. Their knowledge encompasses a wide range of subjects from prehistoric to present, including furniture, jewelry, postcards, tools, silver, pottery, and more. Norman is a Senior Professional Appraiser (SPA) with the National Association of Professional Appraisers.

Peggy Maraschiello of River Wind Antiques & Appraisals in Deep River offers knowledge of antique quilts, textiles and linens, artful and collectible ceramics and pottery, pedigreed glass, silver items, and much more. Peggy is an accredited appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers and a certified appraiser with the Certified Appraisers Guild of America. She has more than 28 years experience conducting estate and liquidation sales for antiques and residential contents.

John Newman of Deep River appraises American glassware. He is a collector of glassware of the Depression Era, Murano Art Glass, and modern Fenton Art Glass as well as oil and electric lamps. He is the past president of the Charter Oak Depression Glass Club of Connecticut. He has been a lecturer at many glass functions and has written about glassware for national publications.

Thomas J. Perry established his business, One of a Kind Antiques, in 1975, in Chester Center. He is now located in Deep River, with an online business ( Tom has over 41 years of full-time experience buying and selling antiques, art, and vintage objects, dating from antiquity through the 20th century. His wife, Cheri-Ann, joined him in the business in 1985. Their reference library contains over 8,000 volumes of research material. Their professional network includes experts in every specialty. They keep abreast of auction results and market trends affecting antique values all over the world.  Tom and Cheri-Ann have listed on their website over 8000 items that they have sold online since 1995, and over 1400 items currently available for purchase. To date, they have completed over 1050 appraisals that have been used for probate, insurance claims, estate planning, or charitable donations. Tom and Cheri-Ann are have successfully completed the National USPAP Course, and have met the AQB Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria.

Kevin Timme is a second-generation antiques dealer with a bachelor of fine arts in metalsmithing from Rhode Island College. He has been a full-time dealer for over 15 years. Silver is his focus, especially the American Victorian genre.

Gay Sherman Weintz is a highly knowledgeable appraiser of vintage and antique costume jewelry, with an uncanny photographic memory for such, and she is versed in the history of all the old companies and designers. She has been collecting vintage and antique jewelry since she was a teenager. For the past ten years, she has run an online vintage jewelry shop, now located on, called Vintage Under the Sea. Gay has a few celebrity clients, including actresses Drew Barrymore and Jessica Alba, as well as Kim Kardashian and designerJanie Bryant.  Her shop provides 1960s vintage jewelry to AMC's "Mad Men" TV show, and Jennifer Anniston wore one of her 1970s Trifari bracelets in the movie, "Life of Crime" released in 2014. This year brought Gay to live-streaming on the internet as the creator and show host of "Antiques Trail" and "If This Brooch Could Talk" on One of Gay's passions is vintage Christmas tree pins and nearly 100 rare arbors from her collection have been featured in two guidebooks. She has begun the process of working on her own Christmas jewelry book. Gay's other passions include Art Deco & Art Nouveau period jewelry, as well as cocktail rings, chandelier earrings, statement-making, runway-worthy necklaces and bracelets, as well as collecting particular designers, such as Accessocraft N.Y.C., Schiaparelli, and Vendome, just to name a few.