Dorothy McKnight | Daily Press
Col. Douglas LaFoille, owner of The Auction Block Plus LLC in Manistique, at right, checks out a Ku Klux Klan sword owned by Don Curtis of Rock. LaFoille was one of the appraisers who took part in the annual Appraisal Fair held recently at the Gladstone Senior Center. Curtis said his father found the sword in a dump in Trout Creek in the 1960s. LaFoille described the sword as a "museum piece" that would be a welcome addition to the NWACP Museum in Chicago.
The intials, KKK, are etched in the hilt of the sword.
Bernice Marshall holds a pair of ice skates that once belonged to her grandfather. They appear to be nothing more than a blade attached to a block of wood that were attached to a shoe or boot by a long piece of rope.
But not everything Marshall brought to have appraised was even identified. None of the appraisers who looked at the worn velvet case and its contents knew what the objects were used for.
Lee Anderson of Gladstone brought two Samurai swords to the Appraisal Fair and found out they were worth between $700 and $10,000 apiece. He obtained the swords from his step-father who brought them back with him after fighting in the Pacific during World War II. Appraiser Douglas LaFoille borrowed the swords to have them evaluated for workmanship and quality.
Coin appraiser Jerry Robison, at right, checks out some coins owned by Michael Shawl of Gladstone. Robison, who is the owner of J.R.’s Coins in Skandia, said most of the coins that are brought in for appraisal are from U.S., Canadian and Germany.