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Museum celebrates anniversary with antique appraisals

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By Becky Barnes, Editor

While not everyone can find  $10 million in coins in their backyard, local antique expert Bobby Lake said there are many treasures in Harrison County.

And, he expects some  of those to be brought to him for appraisal at an event to welcome people to the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum during its 20th anniversary.

Lake will be at the museum Friday, March 21, from 1-4 p.m. to offer free antique appraisals for anyone who wants to drop by with their treasure.

Due to the limited amount of time, event coordinators ask that each person bring only one item.

Lake, who is owner of Kentucky Realty and has been a realtor and auctioneer for 32 years, said he will be able to get real close to the age of the piece as well as its value.

“Many people have family pieces that you just can’t put a value on,” said Lake. However, he added that he can give them an idea of what they might earn if they were to sell the item.

He said he expects to see several pieces of old costume jewelry, silverware and partial sets of china.

“I’m not really expecting any large pieces,” he said. However, if someone has good photographs of the front, sides and back of a piece of furniture, he said he should be able to work with those to give a fair appraisal.

Lake, who is a 20-year member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America, said many of Harrison County treasures can be found in the most unusual places.

Barns, he said, are a good place to look for old furniture. Many old pieces were often relegated to the barn or back porch and where they remain today. Those may be in poor condition, but someone interested in restoration can breath new life into them.

Restoration is another of Lake’s hobbies.

He said he enjoys taking a piece that appears to be ready for the wood pile and revitalizing it to near its original state.

In fact, several years ago when Harrison County had dumpsters dotting country road, Lake saw a few pieces of furniture setting beside the dumpster and stopped. He retrieved a couple of rose-back chairs and a Shaker rocker that he was able to restore.

He said the Berry community is a trove of interesting and unique items.

Covers for baseballs used in the major league were made in Berry, he said. The museum has a piece that was used to hold the core of the ball while the leather cover was sewn around it.

 To make an appointment, call museum volunteers Mary Grable at 234-6541 or Kenny Simpson at 588-0081. The museum is located at 124 S. Walnut St.