Appraisal Info

While the profession of appraising has become extremely complex and competitive, our expertise and respect for the business remains unchallenged. Our services are regularly sought out by major banks, law firms, insurance companies, and museums.

Documentation

We provide a comprehensive, formal document with every item catalogued, valued, and accurately described to allow for comparison within the market. Pook & Pook, Inc.’s thorough appraisals are accepted by major insurance companies, banks, law firms, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Billing

All appraisals are completed and billed based upon an hourly fee structure, never upon the values assigned to your property.

Purposes

Valuations of personal property may be completed for the following purposes: Insurance Coverage, Estate or Inheritance Taxes, Family Division, and Charitable Contribution.

For more information regarding appraisal services, please call for a confidential consultation with one of our professional staff at 610-269-4040.

 

Appraisal Specialists

American & European Decorative Arts
Debra Pook  debbie@pookandpook.com
Jamie Shearer  shearer@pookandpook.com

American & European Fine Art
James Pook  james@pookandpook.com

American & European Furniture
Ronald Pook  ron@pookandpook.com
James Pook  james@pookandpook.com

American Indian Arts
Debra Pook  debbie@pookandpook.com

Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera
James Pook  james@pookandpook.com
Kary Pardy kary@pookandpook.com

Ceramics & Glass
Debra Pook  debbie@pookandpook.com
Ron Pook  ron@pookandpook.com

Coins & Currency
Michael Mastrangelo mike@pookandpook.com
Kary Pardy kary@pookandpook.com

Quilts, Samplers & other Textiles
Debra Pook  debbie@pookandpook.com

Firearms, Edged Weapons & Militaria
David Holmes  dave@pookandpook.com
Jamie Shearer  shearer@pookandpook.com
Kary Pardy kary@pookandpook.com

Jewelry
Kimberly Hemingway, GG kim@pookandpook.com

Modern Design
Jamie Shearer  shearer@pookandpook.com

Museum & Non-profit Services
Kary Pardy kary@pookandpook.com
Ronald Pook  ron@pookandpook.com
Jamie Shearer  shearer@pookandpook.com

Oriental Carpets & Tapestries
Iraj Nejadi  iraj@pookandpook.com
James Pook  james@pookandpook.com

Silver & Other Metals
Ronald Pook  ron@pookandpook.com
Kary Pardy kary@pookandpook.com

Toys & Dolls
Jamie Shearer  shearer@pookandpook.com

Trusts & Estates
James Pook  james@pookandpook.com

Our Appraisers

James M. Pook
james@pookandpook.com

Mr. James M. Pook specializes in 18th and 19th century American furniture, fine art, folk art, and Oriental carpets. Literally born in his office at Pook & Pook, Inc., James has grown up in the antiques and auction world. After attending Colby College where he studied economics, James became involved in the business aspect of antiques. By 2002, he was appraising. A licensed auctioneer in the state of Pennsylvania, James holds multiple records. Off the podium, James enjoys playing squash and softball, as well as spending time with his wife and five children.

Jamie A. Shearer
shearer@pookandpook.com

Mr. Jamie A. Shearer has a wide array of appraisal experience with areas of specialization in American furniture, textiles, ceramics, and other decorative arts, including antique toys. As a United States Navy veteran, his service to the country laid the groundwork for his knowledge in the field of antique firearms, bladed weapons, and militaria. Growing up in York County, Pennsylvania to a family of antique collectors cemented his passion for antiques and added to his experience in handling high end antiques and fine art. Jamie started as a collector of baseball cards as a very young boy which led him to early sporting objects, then to candy containers, toys, Pennsylvania country furniture, and onward to early American tin, stoneware, and redware. He has been engaged in the antique business since 1980, cataloguing and appraising with auction houses since 1994, and is now a licensed auctioneer in the state of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association, the Ephrata Elks Lodge, the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, and the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club, just to name a few.



Ronald O. Pook
info@pookandpook.com

Mr. Ronald Pook founded Pook & Pook, Inc. in 1984 along with his wife, Debra. Engaged in the business of appraising antiques and fine art for over forty years, Ron is a licensed auctioneer in the state of Pennsylvania and specializes in appraising American, English, and Continental 17th, 18th, and 19th century furniture, pottery, and porcelains. Best known for hosting the largest on-site, one-day auction ever held in the United States in June of 1999, which grossed over $4.3 million, Ron is also proud that Pook & Pook, Inc. was the first auction house outside of New York City to sell a piece of American furniture for over $1 million, a Philadelphia pie crust tea table. Besides his love for antiques, Ron is a passionate organic farmer, a grandfather to nineteen, and a great-grandfather to two!



Kary A. Pardy
kary@pookandpook.com

Ms. Kary Pardy recently joined the Pook & Pook team, coming to us from our friends Wooten & Wooten Auctioneers in South Carolina. After studying European History at Hamilton College, Kary earned a Master's Degree in Public History: Museums and Material Culture Research from the University of South Carolina. Her research included in depth studies of Medieval European and maritime history, as well as museum management. Thanks to time spent working at the Higgins Armory Museum, Kary is a specialist in appraising weaponry, related militaria, metals, and ephemera. Kary also served as a curatorial consultant and researcher for the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum, McKissick Museum Folklife Resource Center, and the South Carolina Railroad Museum. She was selected by the Foundation for Appraisal Education and received the Wendell G. Garrett Scholarship to attend the Winterthur Fall Institute. Kary continues to further her Decorative Arts education whenever possible and also specializes in American currency, antique books, maps, and printed materials.