An expert is defined as "one who is very skilled in or knowledgeable about a particular thing."

An expert is defined as "one who is very skilled in or knowledgeable about a particular thing."

Have you ever wondered where antiques experts find answers to questions like "What is it?" and "How much is it worth?"

One research tool they often turn to is the Prices4Antiques database, which offers real market-based information about antiques. You can access Prices4Antiques for free with a Worthington Libraries library card.

Used by leading U.S. personal property appraisers, antiques dealers and museums to evaluate nearly every kind of antique, Prices4Antiques gathers information about collectibles, antiques and fine art provided by more than 140 major U.S. auction companies.

Updated daily, each record contains an expert description, the date of sale and the actual price realized at auction, as well as the auction house name and contact information. Records also provide at least one color picture, so you can see if the item you're researching resembles the one described in the database.

To access Prices4Antiques, go to, click on "Research" and select "All research databases A-Z." Then, click on "P," select "Prices4Antiques" and, on the next page, "Go to Prices4Antiques."

For an expert, in-person appraisal of your antique, collectible or family treasure, be sure to attend "What's It Worth? An Appraisal Event," scheduled for April 17 at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

Wes Cowan, star of the PBS television show "History Detectives" and owner of Cowan's Auctions in Cincinnati, will bring a Cowan's Auctions team to conduct free appraisals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appraisals will focus on historical Americana, early photography, decorative arts, paintings, sculpture and works on paper. Items must be easily carried by hand. No stamps, coins, fine jewelry or weapons of any kind will be appraised.

To attend, you must pick up a ticket for each item you would like appraised (limit is two tickets per person) prior to the event. Tickets for specific timeslots (10 a.m., 2 p.m., etc.) are available now at Old Worthington Library.

Call 614-807-2604 with questions.

Cowan will also headline the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries program, "Discovering the Past Through Objects: Adventures of a Real-Life History Detective" on April 16.

During the program, which starts at 7 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, Cowan will offer his perspective on the evolving role of archival institutions as well as share his own adventures.

Tickets, which are $10 for Friends members and $20 for non-members (non-members can qualify for the discounted price by joining the organization), can be purchased at Worthington Hardware, 661 High St.