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Going old school at history museum

Antique Evaluation Day has big turnout as 397 appraisals were made
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Correspondent
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Despite a cloudy day in Folsom, the Antique Evaluation Day had a sunny response with participants to raise funds for the Folsom History Museum on Saturday. “We had 116 participants and the volunteer appraisers gave 397 evaluations,” said Candy Miller, museum volunteer who has headed up the event for the past 12 years and volunteered at the Folsom History Museum for the past 15 years. After expenses, Miller said that $3,300 was raised for the Folsom History Museum. There were 15 appraisers with various specialties ready to evaluate antiques, and most of them had a full day with interesting finds brought in by Folsom residents. “Out of all the things that have come in, one interesting piece was an ancient pendant made with coral with an Egyptian side to it. But the real special thing (about it) was that it had two real butterfly wings embedded into it,” said Oscar Lugo, appraiser of fine jewelry and heirloom jewelry. “It’s so special because of the rarity that it took to make it … the art and craftsmanship was so labor intensive.” Another interesting find by Douglas Petok, appraiser of fine jewelry, diamonds, genuine gems, gold and platinum, was a bracelet made from a walrus’ penile bone with dog sled carvings in the separate bone shanks. “The (walrus) penile bone is so rare,” Petok said. “The bracelet itself was purchased in the 1960s in Alaska … now it’s (worth) about $600.” Folsom resident Geayne Verhees attended the event and brought three items to be appraised. “I brought in a fur coat from my grandmother, a watch and a book of stamps from Hitler that was my fathers’. … He was a cook in WWII who became friends with a German farmer who gave him the book wrapped up in a blanket,” Petok said who volunteers for the Folsom History Museum. Participants steadily trickled in throughout the event, but the large rush of people came around 11 a.m. said Patrick Maxfield, event volunteer and president of the Folsom History Museum. “I love this place … it gets better every time,” Maxfield said. He has lived in Folsom since 1984. Another treasure found at the event came from 25-year Folsom resident Lesley Kemp. Kemp brought in a Navajo blanket that was appraised at $2,000. “Can you believe it?” Kemp said when she found out the value. “I really didn’t know its worth, but I was curious.” With close to 400 evaluations during the event, the Antique Evaluation Day was said to be a great success by Miller and all the funds raised went back into the Folsom History Museum. “I was just so shocked to wake up this morning to thunder and lightning, but the event still went well and was very steady,” Miller said.