Appraisals & Appraisers

The Center and Center staff are prohibited from offering valuations, appraisals, or authentications for works of art. Appraisals and authentication should be carried out by a certified appraiser or reputable auction house.

You may wish to find an appraiser to determine the value of your artwork. Appraisers are trained specialists who work for a fee. They evaluate your piece and give you a written statement of its value. Although the following organizations do not provide appraisals themselves, they each publish a directory of their members. Always seek an appraiser with an expertise in the type of textile you own. Appraisers listed in these directories can be found by state and city.

You may also contact us for a detailed list of costume specialists and textile appraisers at

American Society of Appraisers
555 Herndon Parkway South, Suite 125
Herndon, VA  20170
(703) 487-2228 or 1-800-ASA-VALU
Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000
New York, NY  10016
(212) 889-5404
International Society of Appraisers
1131 SW 7th St. Suite 105
Renton, WA  98055
(208) 241-0359


American Institute for Conservation (AIC)

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) is the national membership organization supporting conservation professionals in preserving cultural heritage by establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.

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Canadian Conservation Institute

1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1B 4S7

CCI supports Canada's heritage community in preserving Canada's heritage collections so they can be accessed by current and future generations.

Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A South KensingtonCromwell Road
London SW7 2RL England
+44 (0)20 7942 2000

The Victoria and Albert Museum has collected dress since its earliest days. The collection covers fashionable dress from the 17th century to the present day, with the emphasis on progressive and influential designs from the major fashion centers of Europe. The V&A collections also include accessories such as jewelry, gloves and handbags.

Caring For Your Textiles