Course Will Teach Value of Your Antiques
Pohl, Laura Zahn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Laura Zahn Pohl Daily Herald Correspondent
In the world of antiques, old age is equated with beauty. Yet how do you know if something is really old and therefore valuable?
A six-week course in antiques and appraisals is designed to offer those answers about the origins of American country furniture and other household items. Lee Marks of Glen Ellyn will be sharing his antique expertise during a seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday at Stacy's Tavern, 557 Geneva Road, Glen Ellyn.
"I've been collecting and dealing since 1965," Marks said. "It's been a continual education process, researching and reading, to learn about the field."
During the class, Marks will share his expertise in several specialized areas that include American country furniture, clocks, early lighting devices and hand-forged iron items used in cooking over fireplaces.
He will use items in Stacy's Tavern to illustrate how buyers can look for value and age. For example, he talks about the types of nails and woods used in construction, and how to spot saw marks and other markings that lend value to the piece.
" (The participants) will turn things inside out and upside down," said Judy Marks, Lee's wife. "It's a step-by-step learning process, and when you learn about antiques, you also learn how people lived. The class naturally includes some history lessons."
Stacy's Tavern is filled with pre-1850s antiques, and Lee and Judy Marks know the contents very well. …