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August 8, 2013

Antiques take center stage at Robert Frost Farm

DERRY — The barn was filled with people hoping to get valuable news.

The Robert Frost Farm on Route 28 hosted its annual summer antiques appraisal event Sunday, drawing a crowd of people bearing their own treasures and hoping for good news about how much they were worth.

Antiques expert and farm trustee Hercules Pappachristos led the event, offering his expertise on a variety of things from old books to figurines, jewelry and artwork.

The event supports the poet’s Derry homestead.

Other items put on the appraisal table included sports items, glassware, artwork, silver, and unique items like clocks and a tapestry.

Linda Doerfler brought a large and colorful piece of pottery and also several signed pieces of artwork.

“I found these at a church rummage sale,” she told Pappachristos.

He put a $40 to $50 value on each print.

“These were nice little finds at a church rummage sale,” he said.

Another valuable item was a silver bowl presented by John Malloy, a family heirloom, he said.

That heirloom turned out to be a crafted piece by famed New England silversmith Arthur Stone and worth several hundred dollars.

Saving a favorite piece through the ages can pay off.

Pappachristos said holding on to family items is fun when you seek the value, but it’s also important for future generations.

The antiques event was part of the Frost Farm’s summer literary schedule of events. Upcoming events include: Aug. 18: “Fact, Dream and Labor: Robert Frost and the New England Attitude” is presented by Sydney Lea, poet laureate of Vermont and author, Aug. 18, 2 p.m.; and on Aug. 25 Maudelle Driskell presents “The Frost Place: Robert Frost in Franconia.

The 2013 Robert Frost Farm Summer Literary Series is funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, Robert Frost Farm Board of Trustees and Friends of the Robert Frost Farm.

All programs are free and open to the public. For information, call 432-3091.

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