We offer personal consultation services to clients in need of professional guidance in regards to insuring, distributing and/or disposing of their antiques, art and collections. If you have inherited items from various family estates, and are wondering what to keep, what to sell, what to donate and what to discard, we can help you sort things out and make informed decisions.
We can also provide answers to questions such as:
*What is the most fair and equitable way to divide
family heirlooms among my children?
*Should everything in my collection be insured?
*Is a professional USPAP-compliant appraisal
necessary, and if so, what does it entail?
*How can I dispose of antiques I no longer wish to keep?
*What are the pros and cons of selling outright, selling at auction, and selling on consignment?
*What is the current market for the
antiques I'd like to part with?
*Are my paintings in need of conservation?
*Are my furnishings in need of repair or restoration?
These are just some of the questions you may have; each client’s needs are different. The more information you have, the easier it will be to make the right decisions. This service is offered within Connecticut for $250.00 per hour plus travel time when applicable. We have found that one hour is adequate to address the concerns of most clients.
One of a Kind Antiques
features, among other things, fine period American and European furniture, paintings, silver, and estate jewelry from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries, Modernism, Arts and Crafts.
You can also use our consulting service for:
*Buying or Selling either on Ebay or online
*Buying at Auction
*Selling your items
*Advice on Insurance claims
Letter from Curator
at The White House
Statement of Qualifications
Thomas J. Perry established his business, One of a Kind Antiques, in Chester, CT, in 1975. He has over 40 years of full-time experience buying and selling antiques, art, and vintage objects, dating from antiquity through the 20th century. His wife, Cheri-Ann, joined him in business in 1985. Their reference library contains over 8,000 volumes of research material. Their professional network includes experts in every specialty. They keep abreast of auction results and market trends affecting antique values all over the world. Back in 1976, Tom’s research led to the important discovery of a library table made by Boston cabinetmakers Erving and Casson. This table was an inauguration gift to President Abraham Lincoln from his cabinet. Tom purchased it and donated it to the White House, where it is displayed. His letter of thanks from First Lady, Betty Ford, and White House Curator, Clement Conger, hangs in their office. Tom and Cheri-Ann have sold over 7,000 items through their website at www.oneofakindantiques.com since 1995, and have over 1,400 items currently listed as available for purchase. To date, they have completed over 1,050 appraisals that have been used for probate, insurance claims, estate planning, or charitable donations. Tom has regularly donated his appraisal services to the historical societies of Lyme, Chester, Essex, Killingworth, Haddam, Old Saybrook and Deep River and has been a guest appraiser for the Connecticut Public Television Antiques Connecticut Treasure Hunt event at Mohegan Sun, where he recognized a painting by French artist Charles Fredrick Soulacroix (1825-1879) valued at over $60,000.00, which was filmed as a highlight to be shown on a later CPTV broadcast around the Antiques Roadshow. Mr. and Mrs. Perry have both successfully completed the National USPAP Course and have met the AQB Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria.
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