Answered By: Regan Brumagen Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016 Views: 133
Thank you for contacting us. As a non-profit, cultural institution, The Museum cannot offer appraisal services. If you wish to determine the value of your glass piece, you may want to consult a reliable local antique dealer, or send a photograph of the object to a reputable auction house (see ArtNet’s directory of auction houses worldwide, http://www.artnet.com/auctionhousedirectory/index.aspx).
You can also find appraisers through several professional organizations: The American Society of Appraisers (phone) 1-800-ASA-VALU (online) http://www.appraisers.org; The Appraisers Association of America (phone) 212-889-5404 (online) http://www.appraisersassoc.org; and The International Society of Appraisers (phone) 312-224-2567 (online) http://www.isa-appraisers.org.
Your local library may have a subscription to
Maloney’s Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory, which provides listings of appraisers by type of collectible. I checked ours and was not able to find appraisers specific to Franklin Heirloom Glass, but there are general ones listed for glass that may be helpful.
You may also want to check auction houses or ebay to see selling prices of similar items, or parts of the set. I understand that the whole set is worth more, but this may give you some idea of the value. I also checked our catalog that you referred to. In 1983 the original selling price was $22.50 per figurine and they were sent one per month.
Please let me know if I may be of further assistance.