Westborough – More than 50 people brought questions, collectibles and antiques to the Westborough Historical Society's free antiques appraisal Sept. 24 at the Sibley House, 13 Parkman St.
Jay Beard of Simond Oakes Auctioneers and Appraisers, who has appeared on Antiques Roadshow, told a rapt audience that making money in collecting and selling antiques and collectibles often depends on timing.
For example, Model A cars were once popular and expensive when World War II era veterans were looking for them, he said. Those collectors are dying off, and a car once valued in the tens of thousands of dollars can now be had for $12,000.
On the other hand, that same generation bought German beer steins, and now, Germans are buying them back, he said. So now sellers can get a good price for quality German beer steins.
Susan Baker, president of the Historical Society president, brought one of her grandmother's bowls to be appraised. Beard said at first glance the handpainted glazed bowl looked to be from the Pennsylvania region, and dated it to before the 1800s. He placed its value at $250 to $350.
"I'm never using that bowl again," Baker said, smiling.
Beard's associate Rob Goodrich also talked about eBay auctions and answered audience questions about the online auction service.