Oregontrailcrossing can provide you with an appraisal on your Old West item.
The cost for the service is $ 99.95 per item (plus an additional $ 49.95 if you also wish to include Historical Maker information)
$ 99.95 Item Appraisal: Small items which can be shipped (for example, antique holsters, money belts, spurs etc.) to Oregontrailcrossing for personal inspection and appraisal. Alternately, electronic appraisals are also available. For larger items such as saddles, appraisals are only done via the internet with digital photographs. See Instructions below. Your item will be returned (if it was shipped) and a Certificate of Appraisal will be sent with the item. For online appraisals you will receive your report electronically along with a Certificate in .jpg form you can download and print.
$ 49.95 Historical Information on a maker: Maker information can be purchased separately for any item. The report would be similar to information found on my page about The Saddlemakers but may also include copies of Draft Notices, copies of Newspaper articles, Census Records and other data.
Instructions for items being shipped for appraisal:
Mail to Oregon Trail Crossing, P.O. Box 4096, Casper, WY 82604. It is recommended you purchase Delivery Confirmation and Insurance as we cannot be responsible for items lost or damaged in the mail. Include your Check or Money Order for $ 99.95. Be sure to provide your Name, address and contact information. Your item will be returned within 7-10 days along with your Certificate of Appraisal at no additional shipping fee.
Instructions for electronic appraisal:
For an online appraisal of your item send as many detailed digital photographs as possible and note any maker marks, possible replacement parts and general condition. Please be sure photos show all sides of the item. For online appraisals of a saddle, send as many clear large images as possible showing maker's mark, fork/horn area, fenders, underside, seat both sides and back to cantle, skirts, stirrups etc. Be sure to note any damage or what appears to be replacement parts. No electronic appraisals will take place without a payment. To pay online via Paypal's secure server use the Paypal button below. Once you have sent your payment, please email all the data about your item to: firstname.lastname@example.org