Verbal Evaluations

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Lark Mason Jr.

Lark Mason III

$10 per item evaluated (limit 3 items)
Not official appraisals *Appraisals will be provided in the form of verbal evaluations, no written appraisals will be provided

Now is your chance to hunt for treasure in your own home — and to get a history lesson from Lark Mason, from television’s popular PBS production Antiques Roadshow. The Thomasville Antiques Show once again will host verbal evaluations for those who seek to know more about their possessions, ranging from family heirlooms to knick-knacks hidden in attics and basements.

Mason, an expert on Asian art and the author of several books on the subject, returns to the Thomasville Antiques Show this year. He noted that he and his colleagues will be glad to review a wide variety of items: “Guns are not within our expertise, nor are most coins and stamps, but we are glad to review everything else.”

Mason suggested that collectors who would like information about large furniture should bring a drawer and images with measurements. “Some items we review have significant value; other items are only valuable to the owner because of family connections. We are glad to see objects of all types, regardless of value,” he said.

Mason is the owner of, an international fine arts and antiques auction Web site.

Cameron Jahnke, chair of the Verbal Evaluation event, said Mason’s keen eye is sought internationally. “From his work on Antiques Roadshow, to Sotheby’s, to his evaluations of estates such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, as well as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, it is always exciting to have [Mason] here in Thomasville,” Jahnke said.

The evaluations bring a similar sense of anticipation and excitement as an episode of Antiques Roadshow, Jahnke said. “We are all collectors of different things. The history behind the items is so interesting. Quite often these collectibles are more valuable than we may realize,” he said.