Festival antique appraisals benefit Historical Society

Bob Connelly, a nationally recognized antiques appraiser and auctioneer, will provide verbal appraisals of antiques for visitors to the sixth annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the history tent. A fee of $4, or $10 for three items, will be charged, with proceeds going to the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown.
This is Connelly’s third appearance at the Cauliflower Festival. An added attraction this year will be a 1 p.m. workshop on glassware collectibles.
Headquartered in Binghamton, Bob Connelly is widely recognized as an authority on antiques, collectibles, clocks and watches, sports memorabilia, and classic cars. He is a personable and engaging figure whose commentaries are both informative and entertaining.
Connelly’s clients have included private individuals, attorneys, banks, insurance companies, and governmental agencies as well as universities, historical societies, and museums such as the Hoffman Clock Museum, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Roberson Museum and Science Center, and the New York State Museum.
A senior member of the American Society of Appraisers and a member of the National Board of Directors of the Appraisers Association of America, Connelly is also a Fellow in the eminent British Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Connelly, an engineer by training, is a graduate of Reiches College of Auctioneering and an active real estate broker and appraiser. He has lectured, taught classes and conducted appraisal clinics for many years and has appeared on many radio talk shows and on television.
Connelly has a special interest in cars. He was owner of Tri-Cities Dragway, Inc., a National Hot Rod Association sanctioned track for many years and since 1964 has promoted car shows and appraised classic and specialty cars. He once appraised Babe Ruth’s 1922 Pierce Arrow automobile.
He is also a noted sports memorabilia appraiser who has served as a consultant for Sports Illustrated magazine and The Chicago Tribune. Among the objects he has appraised are the world’s oldest known soccer ball (football) for the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, and the original Heisman sculpture from which all Heisman trophies have been made. In 1995 he collaborated on the appraisal of Shaquille O’Neil’s personal sports memorabilia collection.