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Expert appraiser Hercules Pappachristos peers through a looking glass as he examines the fine print on a small pamphlet found inside an old Victrola.

DERRY | Young Robbie Chubbuck clutched his treasures tightly in his hands and patiently waited his turn.

The 10-year-old Derry boy was hoping his name would be called next so he could show off his prized possessions during Sunday's antiques appraisal event at the Robert Frost Farm. He held the manila folder firmly, filled with a collection of weathered, old booklets and postcards about the British Royal Family.

"This is about Queen Elizabeth and her family," he said, as he leafed through the colorful, delicate paper pages in the books, "And this was the book that was written about her when she first became queen."

For Chubbuck, it was a waiting game for not only the valuables he had tow, but for his parents, Lynn and Andrew, who entered the Frost barn with a large, framed photograph to be appraised.

Chubbuck and his family joined with about 40 other antique enthusiasts who converged on the historic poet's Derry farm for the annual summer appraisal event, led by local expert and Frost Farm trustee Hercules Pappachristos.

The summer appraisal event, held each summer to support the farm, is quite popular when the weather turns warm, according to farm caretaker Bill Gleed. He said usually there is a good turnout and people bring in an eclectic collection of family heirlooms, colorful ceramics, jewelry and "kitsch" that might have graced a cupboard shelf for ages.

Pappachristos, an appraiser and auction manager for more than 20 years, greeted each person and then looked over their collectible, often taking out his magnifying lens to see details a bit more clearly, then giving his official take on the history and value of the item.

A large phrenology head, used to help people study the configuration of the skull, came to Pappachristos from Leonard Jenson of Derry, and could bring upwards of $1,500 at a successful auction. Hummel lamps and figurines in tip/top shape might bring $50.

Pappachristos reviewed old books, cameos, Depression-era glass, and children's items | giving his expert opinion and glaring at every cranny of the object, often finding a bit more to talk about.

"That's a nice little collection," Pappachristos told Robbie Chubbuck when the boy's name was finally called to come forward. "Where did you find this?"

The boy said his mother purchased the entire Royal Family collection at an antique store for about $20. Lynn Chubbuck said she hoped the historical nature of the items might someday interest her children and help them learn more about Britain's royals.

Pappachristos said that unfortunately, millions of people are interested in the royals now, and that makes collectible items very plentiful and popular. With Chubbuck's collection in such great shape, it might bring about $100 at auction.

"Lots of people save these things," Pappachristos said, adding that the British royals are like the Kennedys in America. "They were our monarchy."

As for the Chubbuck family's large photo showing World War I-era men at Camp Merrick base hospital in New Jersey, he said it might be worth $100.

Pappachristos told the audience he liked the novelty of many of the items he saw on Sunday. Some items, like an old 1920s musical instrument with a box of mint-condition "rolls" that played various songs, caught him off guard, especially when he heard it play.

"I've never seen or heard one of these," he said. "I like it. It's different."

The annual antique event at the Frost Farm is part of the site's summer program schedule on select Sundays. The next event is set for Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. and features geologist, author, and stone wall expert Robert Thorson, returning to the farm to speak on New England's stone walls and also Frost's poetry. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For information on the Frost Farm and its summer schedule, call 432-3091 or visit the farm online at www.robertfrostfarm.org.



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