How to identity those marks. Sterling or silverplate? Domestic or foreign?
Great Grandmother’s Silver. Now it is your silver, and you don’t know anything about it. What is its value? How is it valued? What do those marks mean on the base?
Appraiser Leon Caster, ISA CAPP, will share a brief, understandable, and entertaining guide to help you tell whether something is silver, silverplate, or something else. Discover how easy it is to identify both domestic and foreign silver, and decipher marks used by makers. You don’t have to be a silversmith to get it.
Host: Brian Kathenes
Guest: Leon Castner, ISA CAPP
Original Date: September 6, 2022, 8PM EST
Leon Caster, ISA CAPP
Leon is a lifelong appraiser having been almost literally born in the antique and auction business in northern New Jersey. After gaining educational degrees (B.A. and M.T.S.) he joined the family firm in Branchville in 1974 as auction manager and appraiser. A few years later he joined the International Society of Appraisers at their inception. He quickly became accredited with both ISA and AAA (Appraisers Association of America) receiving his certification in Antiques & Residential Contents.
He has held almost every position within ISA including being one of the original board members, chair of the Foundation for Appraisal Education, and Director of Education. Past teaching includes as Adjunct Professor at Centenary College (University) and for the University of Washington. He is currently a USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) certified instructor and teaches classes, webinars, and seminars across the US.
Currently he is Senior Partner of National Appraisal Consultants. His specialty is ever expanding from the mundane to the unusual and weird. His expertise has been used by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, the Department of US Homeland Security, the FBI, US Marshall’s Service, and provides appraisals on a regular basis that go before the IRS, the US Federal and State Courts, and insurance arbitration umpires.
Leon enjoys sharing his knowledge and likes to make it enjoyable and understandable. He co-hosted the lively and entertaining “Value This with Brian and Leon” – a nationally syndicated public radio antiques and collectibles radio talk show.