Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., he has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Media's Antiques Group.
He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman's Antiques & Collectibles. Stop by the library for a first hand look at these books!
Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years. Here's a video of Mark in action at the Rum River Library in Anoka, MN and at the Hedburg Public Library in Janesville, WI
Pre-registration is required for those wishing to have an item appraised. Cost is $15.00 per item, payable at time of registration. To register, please call or stop by the library, or email libraryboscobel @ gmail for more information. Appraisal time slots fill rapidly so contact us early for best options, 608-375-5723. Spectators are welcome to come and watch.
Categories of objects for appraisal may include:
Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).
Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.
Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.
Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.
Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider" art.
Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.
Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.
Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.
Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.
Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.
Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate. Suggested categories for advance inquiry include, but are not limited to: Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic); ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures); fossils and minerals; books; automotive items; nautical and military-related objects; sports memorabilia (including baseball cards); records; antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc.). When in doubt, email inquiry can often address this.
Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.
Moran's books include:
Antique Trader Guide to Oriental Antiques
Antique Trader Furniture Price Guide
Antique Trader Clock Guide
Antique Trader Guide to Metalware
Antique Trader Vintage Salt & Peppershakers
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 43rd Edition, 2010
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 44th Edition, 2011
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 45th Edition, 2012
Warman's Fenton Glass: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Fenton Glass, Vol. 2
Warman's Guide to Majolica Pottery
Warman's Arts and Crafts Furniture
Warman's Country Antiques
Warman's Fiesta Ware: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Companion, Fiesta Ware
Warman's Gas Station Collectibles
Warman's McCoy Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Companion, McCoy Pottery
Warman's McCoy Pottery, Vol. 2
Warman's Red Wing Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Roseville Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman’s Guide to Vintage Cookie Jars
Warman’s Guide to Lalique Glass
Warman’s Guide to Tobacco Antiques and Collectibles
Warman’s Guide to Sterling Flatware
Warman’s Guide to Dolls, Vintage to Modern
For more information, contact:
Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art
N7326 Maple Ridge Trail
Iola, Wis. 54945
Visit Moran's website at markfmoran.com.