For very unique items, such as these abalone-shell buttons, appraiser Michael Hansen helped attendees at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum’s appraisal event get in touch with specialty dealers who could give them more information. A museum spokesperson said appraisal events like these will be held quarterly this year, as fundraisers for the downtown Spencer non-profit.
Cheryl Mazza, of Salisbury, holds up a clay reproduction of a Chinese terra cotta statue that she had brought for appraisal.
Appraiser Michael Hansen talks about a teddy bear that had belonged to Marcus ‘Jack’ Brown’s father. Brown, of Salisbury, brought the bear to an appraisal event at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum. Similar bears sell for hundreds of dollars.