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Timothy Gordon Appraisals brings you 25 years of experience for your appraisal needs.
Founded by noted appraiser Timothy Gordon.
Why Appraise Your Museum Collection?
Our specialty is the appraisal of large and diverse museum collections in all fields.
Call today to discuss how we can accomodate your organization.
Insurance Replacement Value
Many museums who have suffered fire, flood, breakage and theft have unfortunately found that their collections were uninsured or under insured. We at Timothy Gordon Appraisals are insurance experts and are familiar with the highest current values for your rare and unique artifacts. Insurance companies will often insure your items, but upon loss demand documented proof of value by a certified appraiser. If they feel the declared value is too high or unproven, they may contest reimbursement for the loss. Our appraisal services establish proven Insurance Replacement Value by the use of the most up to date and pertinent comparable values – a valid and legal amount accepted by your insurer, should the item become lost or damaged. We have worked as consultants for numerous insurance companies and know what is needed to properly verify Insurance Replacement Value. All reports are written in compliance with USPAP Report Writing Standards. You might be significantly underinsured. In one instance we encountered a Museum who had listed replacement value for a very rare historical artifact at only $250, but our appraisal research discovered where an identical piece had recently sold at auction for six figures!
Photo Illustrated Inventories
If your collection is un-cataloged or does not have a data base/record, our appraisal report service automatically provides this information with detailed photo illustrated reports. We have broad based knowledge of most fields and are able to identify and record using your collections using museum standard methods. We specialize in large collections and have learned over the years to create fast and efficient cataloging systems to record collections. These systems conform to the needs of your curatorial staff. We can use your numbering / acronym systems or create a new one which will be museum industry accepted. The report which you receive with be written to current USPAP Report Writing Standards and will be photo illustrated and contain accurate and informative descriptions, dating, dimensions, a condition report and up to date comparable values. The finished report can be printed in both hard copy and a digital format. This reference work may then be used for staff information, cataloguing, collection management and presentations.
No Collection is too large or eclectic.
We have catalogued collections said to be as large as one million artifacts. We are fast, professional and efficient, often accomplishing the work many times more rapidly than most other appraisers. Our years of experience saves significantly on costs. Our seasoned appraisers have seen it all and do not need all of the extra research prep time that our competitors need just to figure out what your artifacts are. We evaluate nearly every kind of valuable and have a vast lifetime knowledge of ‘what it is and it is worth.’ In the past, we have expertly appraised large collections and entire museum contents of art, Native Americana and ethnographica, historical objects, rare documents and book collections, art and historical photography, furniture, antiquities, garments and textiles, paintings, prints, ceramics, coins, dolls, decorative arts, antique motor and horse-drawn vehicles, Asian art, arms-armor-weaponry, religious artifacts, National treasures, antique buildings, jewelry, trains, political artifacts, natural history, glassware, sealed and sensitive material and odd objects from any period of the history of the world. We have appraised paintings by the Old Masters to the Moderns, as well as items from Presidents, Princesses, villains and heroines.
Online Inventories can be generated from our reports to be viewed by scholars and interested parties worldwide. Become an online museum and have a counter for visitors who voluntarily login.
Valuing Incoming Gifts
Valuing Incoming Charitable Donation-as a service to donors and courting gifts of desired items. Our appraisal service is accepted by the IRS and provides value for non-cash charitable donations written according to the highest standards of USPAP Report Writing. Most donors will request a value for their items upon gifting. We can provide that service for them. However, according to new tax legislation, value of donations must be proven by a professional appraiser. Timothy Gordon Appraisals has provided appraisals ranging from a few hundred dollars into the millions of dollars, and we have never had these values challenged. Reluctant donors can often be persuaded to donate, if they are informed of the significant tax benefit that they might receive for valuable objects.
Make Accession and Deaccession Decisions
We are confidential Museum and Library De-accession Specialists. The Benefits of Liquidating Hard to Store Artifacts are obvious. Clearing - Clearing your storage areas will provide you with needed space.
Funding from liquidating non-contributing material helps your budget and salary needs! In some instances, a very rare object can be sold to pay operational costs for months or years. That painting in the basement, Civil war coat or rare book may not ever meet your mission statement but can pay for curatorial salaries and operating needs. We have facilitated the sale of valuable art and artifacts for many Institutions. Often, these items locked away in the basement were worth a great deal of money and went unnoticed by the organization, until we pointed out their great value to the ever changing market. We are market and marketing specialists for anything of great value.