How to Find Out How Much Old Mirrors Are Worth

How to Find Out How Much Old Mirrors Are Worth
A mirror might look like a valuable antique but could be a replica that's not worth nearly as much.

Finding an Appraiser

Step 1

Search through your local telephone directory for antique appraiser listings. Ideally, you want to find an appraiser with special knowledge about old mirrors. So, ask about the person's qualifications.

Step 2

Check with local antiques shops. Many antiques shop owners are also appraisers. If they're not, they often can refer you to a reputable appraiser in the area.

Step 3

Search online for local antique appraisers in your area. The American Society of Appraisers website has a "find an appraiser" search function. If you're having difficulty finding an appraiser in your area, try finding one who will offer his services online.

Choosing an Appraiser

Step 1

Ask about the appraiser's credentials. Find out her years of experience, training, areas of expertise, cost of appraisal services and any certification or accreditation she might hold.

Step 2

Ask for references. A reputable appraiser should provide you with verifiable references.

Step 3

Call the appraiser's references. Ask about their experiences with the appraiser and find out if the items they had appraised were accurately valued.

Step 4

Pick an appraiser you feel most comfortable with and the one you feel will provide the most accurate appraisal.

Getting the Appraisal

Step 1

Take your old mirror to the appraiser to be evaluated.

Step 2

Keep your mirror in sight while the appraiser examines it. Do not leave the mirror with the appraiser.

Step 3

Get your appraisal in writing and signed by the appraiser. This document will be key if you decide to sell the antique mirror.