In Your Attic

Joe Rosson

Joe Rosson currently writes the popular bi-weekly antiques column "About Antiques" for the Scripps Howard newspaper, The Knoxville New Sentinel. Joe formerly wrote a similar column for The Knoxville Journal, where he also served as the resident art critic. He has written articles for many renowned publications including Country Living, Country Home, Ohio Antique Review and Collector's Showcase. He also participated in the writing of Time Life Book's twenty-volume series on American Country.

Joe has twenty-five years of experience as an art and antiques appraiser and has evaluated the estates of the former President of the United States, Andrew Johnson, and of the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, Alex Haley. He also served as a private consultant and provided advice on the selection, evaluation and purchase of antiques for the Haley home. After Mr. Haley's death, Joe was responsible for preparing the Haley literary estate. In addition, he helped manage the subsequent sale of these items and other memorabilia for the Haley family. He has also appraised museum collections for the National Park Service/United States Department of the Interior.

Frequently a lecturer on antiques for museums and other charitable organizations, Joe also teaches antiques and the business of antiques for the University of Tennessee. He has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Blount Mansion in Knoxville, Tennessee. Joe often serves as an art and antiques consultant to museums throughout the United States as well as private individuals who require assistance in selling their art and antiques.

Helaine Fendelman

Helaine Fendelman has thirty years of experience in the art and antiques field. She is a certified member and the past President of the Appraisers Association of America and was selected by the Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation in Washington, D.C. to serve as a member of the Personal Property Criteria Task Force. For 15 years, Helaine was a partner in Fendelman &. Schwartz, a fine arts, antiques and household personal property appraisal and sales firm. She has also served on the board of the American Society of Appraisers and currently teaches at New York University's Appraisal Institute.

Helaine writes a feature column, "W hat Is It ... What Is It Worth? " for the Hearst monthly magazine, COUNTRY LIVING. She has also served as a curator, a consultant and lecturer for museums and private organizations throughout the United States. Her books include Money in Your Attic - How to Turn Your Furniture , Antiques, Silver and Collectibles Into Cash , Tramp Art , An Itinerant's Folk Art , The Official Identification and Price Guides to American Folk Art and Holiday Collectibles as well as Tramp Art a Folk Art Phenomenon . She served as editor for The Official Identification and Price Guide to American Sterling Silver and Silver plate and Tussie Mussies: Victorian Posey Holders.

Helaine has been a frequent guest appraiser with Joan Hamburg on WOR Radio New York and on television's LIVE with Regis and Kathie Lee, CNN Financial News Network, Bloomberg News and CNBC Smart Money.

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