Penobscot Bay Appraisals

I have spent much of my life collecting.  From comic books and baseball cards in my youth, to art pottery as a young adult.  Artwork, midcentury furniture, antique corkscrews, my involvement with antique dealers, auctions, and fellow collectors has provided me a wealth of experience.
While collecting interests change and evolve, my passion for collecting and the research associated remains.  I have been published in numerous magazines and publications on various topics related to collecting and antiques.

When the opportunity to become a certified personal property appraiser presented itself, I felt that it was a perfect match.  It combines my love of antiques and collectibles, my passion for research, as well as that of my previous career, that of a college professor. 

In sharing the information that is uncovered about the items you wish to be appraised, there is indeed a form of education in teaching what items are worth, the reasoning behind that valuation, and when appropriate disseminating these item’s histories.

While you may not find yourself lining up to have a treasured family item on Antique's Roadshow, there are other important reasons to use a Certified Personal Property Appraiser:

Estate Planning - Tax and Inheritance Purposes

Fair division in divorce

Insurance purposes (insuring a piece of a collection, filing claim, or contesting a claim)

Meeting Internal Revenue Service requirements for chartiable donations

And, for personal knowledge


Joseph L'Africain, of Penobscot Bay Appraisals, is certified personal property appraiser through the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA).

Each CAGA member is required to complete training program which, includes the uniform standards of personal property appraisal practice and appraisal report writing. Emphasis is placed on Internal Revenue Service appraisal requirements, estate and gift appraisals, charitable donation appraisals, bankruptcy appraisals, insurance appraisals, appraisals for divorce, casualty loss appraisals, as well as a courtroom expert witness seminar with a focus on appraisals for courts and testifying in court.

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