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Appraisal experts, several of whom are regulars on a popular PBS-TV series will take their show on the road for the benefit of Liberty Hall Historic Site. As part of its spring charity event, “Bourbon & Browns”, Liberty Hall will be partner with Skinner Auctions to host an antiques appraisal day at Liberty Hall on Saturday, April 22. Skinner experts and specialists will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to give participants information on their treasured belongings. Experts in furniture, decorative arts, fine art, jewelry, rare spirits, Americana and historic militaria will share their knowledge with event goers and help them determine a value for their items. A minimal charge of $10 per object will be taken at the door, with all proceeds going to the spring fundraising efforts to support the continued preservation of Liberty Hall Historic Site. For $25, participants may bring up to three items for evaluation. Only items that can be carried will be allowed, but high-quality photos of larger items like furniture can be brought for appraisers to review and will count as one item. For more information on taking photos, visit www.skinnerinc.com. There are also many resources online to assist. Advance appointments for Saturday may be scheduled directly with Skinner by contacting Linsey MacDougall at (508) 970-3240 or by email at events@skinnerinc.com during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the event, the first floor of Liberty Hall will be open for visitors free of charge.

Get to Know the Experts

Kerry Shrives has more than 20 years’ experience as an appraiser and auctioneer of fine arts & antiques, having joined Skinner as a cataloger in the European Furniture and Decorative Arts department in 1989. Kerry is a regular commentator and contributor to a variety of publications and broadcast media outlets, including The Boston Globe, Yankee Magazine, Maine Antiques Digest, and National Public Radio. She regularly conducts benefit events for non-profit and commercial organizations nationwide. Kerry is a member of the Furniture History Society, the Decorative Arts Society, the Victorian Society, and the Friedman Society. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Smith College, and earned a Master’s degree in the History of Art from the University of London. Kerry is also an alumna of the Attingham Study Programme.

Mr. Fox has established himself as a recognized authority on 18th-century military artifacts and culture. During his twenty-year tenure, he has gained experience in management, interpretation and acquisition of all manner of objects including early Americana and decorative arts as well as 18th-century military weaponry, manuscripts, rare books, and artwork.

His specialties include American antiques, folk art, marine art and scrimshaw, American ceramics and furniture.

Kaitlin Shinnick is senior specialist in Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Department. Her areas of special interest are in American Arts & Crafts and artist-designed jewelry. Kaitlin first joined Skinner in 2002 as a member of the Fine Jewelry Department under the close tutelage of Gloria Lieberman. She left in 2005 to pursue a master’s degree in Decorative Arts and Design at the Bard Graduate Center. Her thesis was on the jewelry of Josephine Hartwell Shaw. After graduation, Kaitlin joined the staff of the Art of the Americas department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she was a Windgate research fellow. At the MFA, Kaitlin worked extensively with the Daphne Farago collection of artist-designed jewelry. In 2015, Kaitlin rejoined the Fine Jewelry Department.

Kaitlin’s specialties include jewelry and gemstones, as well as pearls. This includes estate, antique, modern, and artist-designed fine jewelry and gemstones from the 18th through 21st centuries.

Joseph Hyman has over 15 years of experience as a whiskey consultant, including more than two years as head of Whiskey & Rare Spirits at Bonhams New York. A leading authority in the field, he has curated a number of successful auctions featuring a variety of superior offerings, from unusual American bourbons, to notable decades-old scotches, rare Cuban rums, Cognacs dating back to the 1700s, and exotic gins.

Joseph’s knowledge and experience places Skinner at the cutting edge of the expanding secondary market for whiskeys and other remarkable spirits. Buyers and sellers in the U.S. and abroad are looking for greater and more frequent opportunities at auction, and Joseph is leading Skinner to meet that challenge.

Joseph’s specialties include both new and old world wines and mature and rare vintages and spirits from single bottles to entire cellar collections.