Appraisals of military artifacts are provided for both private individuals and public institutions by Art Beltrone of Beltrone & Company. Appraisals are used to obtain insurance coverage, establish the value of an artifact to be donated to a non-profit organization, or to determine an item’s current value if to be sold.
Donated items to museums or other non-profit repositories must be appraised independently by an appraiser. Beltrone & Company can provide donors with these appraisals.
Beltrone & Company will inspect the artifacts to be donated, fully describe them and provide a detailed written appraisal report of their current market value. Artifact photography is provided as required.
Appraisals can be made at the donor’s or recipient’s location or at Beltrone & Company for evaluation prior to donation. If requested, Beltrone & Company can offer guidance to donors as to appropriate repositories for their military artifacts.
For over a half-century Beltrone & Company has provided donation appraisals for many individuals. Recipient institutions include:
The Smithsonian Institution
Library of Congress
The White House
Military History Institute
National Museum of the United States Army
United States Marine Corps Museum
United States Navy Museum
United States Cavalry Museum
United States Army Medical Museum
Virginia Military Institute Museum
University of Virginia Special Collections
Military artifacts to be appraised require personal examination by Beltrone & Company. Provenance of the artifact will be requested. If the item’s history is not available, research will be conducted to discover any available story. Historic items with provenance have added value.
A detailed written appraisal report will give a description of the artifact’s condition and historic relevance.
To determine current value, sales of identical or similar items will be researched to document the actual market value of the artifact being appraised. Copies of recorded sales records will be made for inclusion in the report.
Photographs will be taken of the appraised artifact or artifacts. These will also be included in the final appraisal report.
Appraisal and photography fees are based on an hourly rate; travel and report production expenses are billed at cost.
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