Appraising Goodies at Black Dog

Awaiting appraisal in a pleasant setting.

Julie Fuller and her dad’s musket.

Free Appraisal Day at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke is winding up as I write this and I just got home from a visit to it. While I was there about 30 people had their treasures evaluated and seemed pleased with the results, most saying the evaluations “were about what I expected.” Several others were waiting to speak to the pros.

Black Dog is a huge warehouse of junk, antiques, collectibles, architectural pieces, heavy equipment and miscellaneous items. Appraisers were brought in from some of the region’s auction houses and antique shops to look at what people brought in.

Shirley Paine and her French art book.

Julie Fuller drive up from Mebane, N.C., and had an old muzzle-loading gun that was owned by her physician father and it was appraised at $300. Former journalist Shirley Pine came in from Pulaski to have the experts look at a fascinating French book featuring large-format watercolor landscape. It was a beautiful book.

Bob Miller (left) evaluates a map and book for John Reburn.

John Crunkilton showed up with a deed signed in 1829 by then-president Andrew Jackson, valued at between $500 and $700. John Reburn of Roanoke had a book of black and white landscape photos of famous homes in Michigan (Henry Ford’s, for example).

Larry Clevinger (top) studies John Crunkilton’s deed.

This is obviously a takeoff on the wildly popular PBS television show “Antiques Road Show,” which has a huge following. Black Dog’s version, held occasionally, has a distinct advantage in that it isn’t as well known and the crowds are not overwhelming. And the appraisers are just as good as anything Road Show has.

A small line awaits evaluations.

Looking over the goodies.


2 thoughts on “Appraising Goodies at Black Dog

  1. The appraisers may have been as good — a couple have been to the Antiques Road Show — but it was not well run. The man in charge kept leaving the front to chat with people and let others break in line. One couple came in after me with pictures, and the lady spent 20 minutes extolling the virtues of her great-aunts house with “walls lined with art and a grand piano on every floor”. I was not happy with the organization. My book was seen last, after everyone else with everything else.

    The very nice appraiser (who has been on Road Show) knew nothing about it other than what I showed him where to find on the internet. I left without a value. Not sure what I’ll do with it now.

    Nice meeting and chatting with you.

    Shirley Paine
    Parrott, VA

    • Shirley,

      So sorry it didn’t work for you. Your book was fascinating. I’d be interested to know if the plates were actual watercolors or if they were reproductions.

      Good to meet you. Enjoyed our conversation.


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