ISA Offering Six-Day ‘Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Contents’ Course

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers will offer a course to help handle one of the knotty issues many families and estates face: the valuation of a household with the personal accumulation of a lifetime. The course, “Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Content,” will be offered only once this year from Oct. 1-6.

The course will be taught by Karen Rabe, ISA, CAPP, and David Mapes, ISA, CAPP, both of whom hold the highest rating awarded by the ISA. This survey course will provide a broad overview of information and techniques necessary to properly identify and value items falling into the broad category of antiques and residential contents. Focus is on analysis of construction and manufacturing, discerning the difference between “good,” “better,” and “best” quality, design characteristics pertinent to general periods and styles; and research resources for the appraiser. Course sections include furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, toys and dolls, Orientalia and vintage fashions as well as general household contents.

The course, which requires some pre-course reading and a written examination, includes an off-site field trip to Susanin’s Auctions for a hands on survey of selected furniture and will provide access to the International Antiques Fair of the Merchandise Mart for an overview.

The course will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Chicago and conducted from 8a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Thursday Oct. 1, concluding at noon on Tuesday Oct. 6. This challenging and hugely informative course will conclude with a written examination on the morning of the last class day.

Enrollment is available to all appraisers and other interested parties. The course provides 45 ISA Professional Development Credits that may transferable to other appraisal organizations. “Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Contents” is being offered only once this year and class size is limited. Early registration is encouraged. Cost of the course is $1,200 for ISA members and $1,470 for non-members. Registration deadline is Sept. 28. Registration is available online at or through the ISA office main office at (312) 891-6778.

Site of the course is the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown, 10 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, phone (312) 595-0000. A group discount rate is available through ISA for accommodations at the Hilton. For more information contact the International Society of Appraisers, 737 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago IL 60611, phone (312) 981-6778, fax (312) 981-6787, email, website

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