Guests of the Chatham Historical Society's Fundraiser on April 3rd got a peek at some antique treasures though the eyes of a professional appraiser last Thursday night. The outcome ran the gamut from a $10,000 painting to a $25 silver plated salver. Not everyone who paid extra for an evaluation, however, ended up with a smile.
In reference to an "old" Icon painting in which a family member "cleaned" the dirt off with a brillo pad, John Nye, a regular contributor on "Antiques Roadshow" suggested, "that probably wasn't the best idea", drawing a ripple of laughter from the 100-plus crowd. John, his wife Kathleen, and associate Lorraine DeJianne of Nye & Company in Bloomfield, NJ went on to educate, entertain and even surprise the audience during the 2 hour spent appraising 50 objects.
If you weren't there you missed viewing a multitude of valuables from some of the best attics in the area, as well as the opportunity to bid on 30 Silent Auction Baskets of donated goods containing items and gift certificates from local merchants.
The speeches were kept to a minimum leaving time for $100-a-ticket patrons to ask serious questions they had about collecting, restoring and preserving their family heirlooms.
But all agreed it was a wonderful evening of delicious food at the lovely Morris County Golf Club, and the nicest assembly of people gathered in one place, for fun, in a long time!
We thank all the volunteers, contributors, paying guests and everyone who applauded the evening.
See you June 14th at the Train Station Centennial Celebration the weekend of Fishawack! Be a part of Chatham's history, buy a whistle!