I offer both Formal and Informal Appraisals. Most informal appraisals - along with basic identification - can be performed over the Internet.
The informal appraisals are very basic and can be done with a minimal amount of research. A detailed description of the item being appraised is the minimum informational requirement, but images are very useful and will help immensely in this endeavour.
If you have paid a fee to this website in the past - and do not want to pay an additional fee (same items only) - please note such in your inquiry to me and I will search my records.
I will then supply you with an informal appraisal if I can; however, sometimes appraisals may require more detailed research and I may not be able to fulfill your request without additional detailed research; this will then become a FORMAL APPRAISAL and I charge accordingly for that service.
The basic appraisal/identification fee is $10 US (non-refundable). Please Note: Paying this minimum fee does not guarantee a direct response. Please check the website for periodic updates; the answer to your question may be posted there on the appropriate page(s).
If you have an immediate basic appraisal or identification need, please proceed to our online
Identification Request Page.
Fees paid - in part - go towards the purchase of additional reference materials and acquisition expenses. Please note on any payment in printed-form (checks or money orders) for the "Research Fund".
If you choose not to make a direct monetary payment, please consider purchasing an item through one of the affiliates or associates listed on my Books for Sale main page or an item from my Affiliate Links main page. On these pages, you will find a number of hyperlinks to various advertisers. If you access one of these advertisers from my website - and purchase an item at that time - I will receive a small percentage of the sale as a commission. These proceeds go towards keeping this Identification Help Service alive (and basically free); I do not want to make this a "view by registration" website.
Additionally, if there is anything that you would like to see on the
free pages - in a weaponry sense - please request such and I will try to add additional information.
Please note: If you E-mail or snail-mail any images to me for use in identification or appraisal of an item, I reserve the right to use - without further contact - those images on my website (or other media), without compensation to you
(other than my efforts to assist you, however minimal the result may actually be).
Research materials I have available are quite substantial; however, on some items, information within those materials might be quite sparse.
If you choose to snail-mail images, we do not return them; please make/send duplicate copies and considered them gone.
If sending a check or money order, please send fees payable to:
The History Store
P.O. Box 160
Llano, Texas 78643
If you have a specific identification question, please see our
Identification Request Page.