Lone Tree Antiques and Fine Art Gallery in Eaton offers unique services to members of the community
Have you ever watched “Antiques Roadshow” and wondered if some of the things you got at garage sales or estate sales, or things that have been passed down in your family from generation to generation, are worth to be changed?
A small Eaton’s gallery is offering its services to help unearth the fact and fiction behind family heirlooms and flea market finds.
Daniel L. Geary, owner of Lone Tree Antiques and Fine Art Gallery, 115-117 First St., has appraised antiques, fine art and artifacts for more than 30 years, working with museums in Colorado, Wyoming and of the United States to conduct more than 50 assessment events over the years. He also appeared on the television show “Colorado Collectibles”, offering his expertise in the world of antiques and art.
“We get these calls from museums and they say, ‘We don’t know what that is,’ and you know, that’s not their job. So we work a lot with museums,” Geary said.
And with hard-to-find reputable antique and art appraisers, Geary attracts many customers from outside the small town.
“We advertise all over the country and people say, ‘Eaton, where is it?’ And we’ll tell them we’re an hour north of Denver,” he said. “We are on our own wavelength. There aren’t too many people doing what I do.
Geary purchased the building where the gallery is located in downtown Eaton in 2010. Prior to opening the gallery in Eaton, Geary had an antique shop in LaSalle.
“This building was really a wreck and we wanted to renovate it to bring it back. It’s one of the oldest buildings in the city. We spent two years renovating it before we opened,” Geary explained. History is a big part of our whole philosophy.”
The historic building is the perfect home for the treasures Geary has in his collection, some of which include oddities such as a Civil War-era bloodletting knife, antique horse bridles and saddles, and authentic Native American jewelry.
“Some things were made in a factory. Model A and Model T were made in one factory, so one is the same as the other,” Geary said. “But other things weren’t, and that’s what makes them so interesting and unique.”
Geary invites the public to come to the gallery to browse some of the collectibles that are on display, many of which range from the 1850s to the early 20th century.
Geary works with estates, museums and collectors in the United States and around the world to learn the story behind a variety of objects, including works of art, furniture, pottery, jewelry, artifacts and other exhibits. The gallery is currently looking for quality consignments and offers home visits and consultations regarding estates, collections, art and antiques of all kinds.
With over three decades of work in the antiques industry, Geary has formed many connections with other appraisers, many of whom he consults when presenting with an item outside of his expertise.
“The more we know, the more we can give people, and I love that part of the business,” Geary said. “There are areas I can’t do, but the process we’re pretty good at. People can bring something and we will do all the research and then log on to this market to find a collector or someone who is interested. I don’t have customers for everything, but I do have a lot of buyers, especially in the field of art.
Along with celebrating Eaton Days, Geary is offering free antique and art appraisals to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the gallery.
Assessments will last 15 minutes with a maximum of three items per person.
Items eligible for review include, but are not limited to:
- Native American artifacts
- Guitars and other musical instruments
- Memories of the Civil War
- Firearms and antique weapons
- Western History Artifacts and Objects
- cowboy collectibles
- Americana Historical Objects
Items requiring translation as well as Asian antiques cannot be appraised at the event.
For large pieces such as furniture, Geary advises bringing clear, high definition photographs of all sides/areas of the item.
Although appointments are suggested, Geary will accept walk-ins during the judging event.
Appointments for the free trial event can be made by going to https://bit.ly/3uvLMMy.
“Before people sell anything, they should talk to us,” Geary said. “I could tell you horror stories about people who didn’t know what they had.”
In addition to offering appraisals and information on antiques and artifacts, the gallery portion of the business features a variety of paintings, prints, pottery and sculpture.
The gallery is hosting a summer art exhibition and sale featuring a collection of works depicting scenes from Estes Park created by some of the most notable artists who have painted and photographed the area over the years. last 100 years.
“Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park has long been a destination for artists from across the country who are drawn to its majestic setting,” Geary said. “We are delighted to present this special collection of 30 works by some of the prominent artists who have visited Estes. Many of these artists had galleries and shops in the city over the years and were also well-known local figures.
The exhibition features original historical works by various artists, including Charles Partridge Adams, Lyman Byxbe, George Elbert Burr, Adma Green Kerr, Alfred Wands and Birger Sandzen.
“It’s a unique opportunity to see Estes Park explored through many different art styles,” Geary said.
The exhibit is scheduled for Friday, July 29, and all ages are welcome to view the exhibits.
The Lone Tree Antiques and Fine Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and by appointment.
For more information about the gallery, upcoming events, or to schedule an appraisal, visit www.lonetreeantiques.com or call (970) 301-0248.