Curator to appraise items during library fund raiser

— Library visitors can bring their attic and closet treasures to the Johnsburg bookery Thursday, Aug. 18, for a professional opinion on whether they’ve got hidden gems.

The event is a library fundraiser. Ted Comstock, who was curator at the Adirondack Museum in the ’70s, will look over curious conversation pieces for $5 each, or $12 for 3 items.

Susan Schmidt, library director, said, “This is the third year Ted has done this, and he’s got a great response.”

Comstock’s appraisal event draws people to the library that might not stop in otherwise, said Schmidt, and come back later for the library’s offerings.

According to Comstock, that’s exactly why he does these functions.

“I do it as a benefit,” he said. The money charged for appraisals goes directly to the library.

He approached libraries around the region with his idea to help fundraising, “Libraries deserve it, especially in these electronic days.” He grew up with books and uses libraries often in research for appraisal work.

It’s not grunt work for him, though. Some of the appeal is that you never know what someone’s going to bring in. “I always learn something,” he said.

In North Elba, someone brought in a 19th century boat, a J.H. Rushton canoe worth from $10,000 to $12,000. Another brought in a manuscript signed by artist Rockwell Kent.

His services are available by appointment at 518-891-9009, or ec247@adelphia.net.

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