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Personal Property

Personal Property (PP) is defined as tangible, movable property that is utilitarian, collectible, decorative or a combination of the three. This definition includes items such as paintings, antiques, sculptures, photography, posters, toys, commercial advertising, musical instruments, professional camera equipment, fine watercraft or automobiles, silver flatware, jewelry, wine, and more.

Personal Property professional appraisers provide independent, unbiased opinions of value and prepare appraisal documents for specific intended uses including insurance coverage, estate tax, damage claims, charitable donations, sale, dissolution of marriage and equitable distribution.

A qualified professional PP appraiser will focus on one or more of the following specialties, and may also work with other specialists as required. ASA accredits personal property appraisers in the following specialties*:

  • African Sculpture
  • American Folk Art
  • American Indian Art
  • Antique Firearms, Armor and Militaria
  • Antique Furniture
  • Antique and Collectible Glass
  • Asian Art
  • Automatic Musical Instruments (for ex. Player Pianos)
  • Automotive Specialties
  • Books and Manuscripts
  • Clocks
  • Dolls and Toys
  • Ethnographic Art
  • Fine Arts
  • Fine Arts Photography
  • Firearms
  • Japanese Prints
  • Numismatics - Coins and Medals
  • Oriental Rugs
  • Pre-Columbian Art
  • Residential Contents
  • General - any other household contents
  • Silver and Metal Ware
  • Sports Collectibles and Memorabilia
  • Textiles – General/Textiles – Quilts
  • Wines — Fine and Rare

PP professionals with accreditation from the American Society of Appraisers enjoy one of the most prestigious and widely-recognized credentials offered.