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Silver Appraisal

STERLING SILVER, SILVERPLATE AND THE SILVER APPRAISAL Marks on precious metals have been regulated by law since ancient times. From pharaohs, Roman emperors and continuing today, fineness, or standard marks, have been used to guarantee minimum amounts of precious metal in relation to non-precious metal. At least...

Collectible Appraisal

The vast world of personal property (tangible assets) includes most of the things that are a part of our everyday life. If they are in our personal space, we see them, touch them, enjoy them when we wake up and look around our residence in...

Lladro Appraisal

A Lladro appraisal is a fairly common occurrence for the Nugent Appraisal team. To many people around the world, the name Lladro conjures up delicate and colorful porcelain figurines; the country of Spain; and even perhaps thoughts of culture because most of the figurines are reflective...

Appraisal Expert Witness

[caption id="attachment_2216" align="alignleft" width="159"] Ray Nugent, Expert Witness[/caption] If something can break, bend, crack, fold, mutilate, disintegrate, malfunction, infect or explode, there is someone, somewhere who can explain how and why. As a time-tested and experienced Expert Witness, I am often asked to participate in legal...

Signed Versus Unsigned Paintings

In the real world of art what is the difference, in terms of value, between a signed and unsigned painting by an artist? The answer briefly is, all other elements being equal, a signed piece of art will usually be valued higher than a comparable unsigned...

Authenticating Oriental Rugs

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF AN ORIENTAL RUG IS AUTHENTIC There are about four different clues that most anyone can follow to determine whether a rug is authentic. The best place to start is to examine the basic construction of the top of the rug by simply...