About Us

a regional personal property appraisal firm

Harrison Appraisals, LLC is a regional personal property appraisal firm based in Westminster, Maryland.

The firm offers qualified appraisals of American, English and Continental antiques and fine art from the 17th century to present, as well as general residential contents.

Areas of expertise include antique and modern furniture, paintings, sculpture, sterling silver, glassware, porcelain, pottery, folk art, primitives, Pennsylvania German material culture, rare books and documents. The firm offers appraisals for purposes of insurance replacement and damage claim settlement, probate and estate division, divorce and equitable distribution, determination of federal estate and gift tax, non-cash charitable donations, casualty loss and pre-sale determination of value. The firm also provides expert witness testimony and litigation support.

Established in 1992, Harrison Appraisals serves a select clientele of museums, law firms, insurance companies, financial institutions and private collectors in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan region. The firm’s portfolio includes appraisals of important historical and cultural artifacts, the inherited possessions of a former U.S. president’s family, several museum collections, multi-million dollar Contemporary art collections and thousands of modest estates.

C. Robert Harrison, ISA AM  |  President & Senior Appraiser

Our principal, C. Robert Harrison, ISA AM is a USPAP compliant, IRS qualified and accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers with more than twenty-seven years of appraisal experience. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Mr. Harrison studied American decorative arts at Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Andrea Thomas Harrison, APR  |  Appraisal Associate

Andrea Harrison is our estate specialist and the first line of contact at Harrison Appraisals. Her expertise includes probate and estate matters with specialties in antique textiles and Mid-Century Modern design. A graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, Ms. Harrison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and a BS degree in Journalism/Public Relations. She has also completed post-graduate studies at Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware and the Foundation for Appraisal Education. An accredited public relations professional with more than twenty-two years of business experience in both the public and private sectors, Ms. Harrison brings an interdisciplinary approach to our firm’s practice.

Sample Appraisal Report

The following two pages were taken from an actual appraisal report prepared by Harrison Appraisals in June 2010. The original appraisal report contained additional sections that are not included with this sample.

The function of the aforementioned appraisal was limited to providing the client with an insurance replacement cost estimate for the sole purpose of insuring that object as of the effective date. Since replacement cost estimates and fair market values estimates for comparable objects change over time due to economic factors and other conditions; opinions of value stated here and elsewhere on this site should not be relied upon as current indicators of value.

Sample Appraisal Report

The following two pages were taken from an actual appraisal report prepared by Harrison Appraisals in June 2010. The original appraisal report contained additional sections that are not included with this sample.

The function of the aforementioned appraisal was limited to providing the client with an insurance replacement cost estimate for the sole purpose of insuring that object as of the effective date. Since replacement cost estimates and fair market values estimates for comparable objects change over time due to economic factors and other conditions; opinions of value stated here and elsewhere on this site should not be relied upon as current indicators of value.

Sample Appraisal Report

The following two pages were taken from an actual appraisal report prepared by Harrison Appraisals in June 2010. The original appraisal report contained additional sections that are not included with this sample.

The function of the aforementioned appraisal was limited to providing the client with an insurance replacement cost estimate for the sole purpose of insuring that object as of the effective date. Since replacement cost estimates and fair market values estimates for comparable objects change over time due to economic factors and other conditions; opinions of value stated here and elsewhere on this site should not be relied upon as current indicators of value.

Selected List of Clients

Business | Government | Insurance | Law | Private Collectors

  • Baltimore Equitable Insurance, Baltimore, MD
  • Brandywine Foundation, Inc., Annapolis, MD
  • Carroll County Government – Farm Museum, Westminster, MD
  • CHUBB Insurance (ACE, Ltd.)
  • DLA Piper, LLP (USA)
  • Erie Insurance Group
  • Fidelity National Law Group, Vienna, VA
  • Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (ACE, Ltd.)
  • General Growth Properties/The Rouse Company, Columbia, MD
  • Goodman-Gable-Gould, Owings Mills, MD
  • The Hartford Insurance Company
  • Howard County Government – Belmont Manor, Elkridge, MD
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington, D.C. Headquarters
  • Law Office of Phillip Corey Levin, P.A., Baltimore, MD
  • Legg Mason, Baltimore, MD
  • Lighthouse Wealth Management, New Market, MD
  • Mount Vernon Club, Baltimore, MD
  • Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., Washington, D.C.
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, P.A., Baltimore, MD
  • Pessin Katz Law, P.A., Towson, MD
  • Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • Treanor, Pope & Hughes, P.A., Towson, MD
  • Weaver & Fitzpatrick, P.A. Frederick, MD
  • Weinberg & Schwartz, LLC, Columbia, MD

testimonials

  • Thank you for the wonderful and informative appraisal of my home today. Your expertise and professional advice is tremendously appreciated and valued.

    Nancy G. Ellicott City, MD
  • Harrison Appraisals did an excellent job evaluating some furniture and household goods for me. Their time spent onsite examining the pieces was both professional and thorough. Although I knew a bit about the background of most items, Mr. Harrison helped by pointing out a few items that I had not flagged for appraisal as being worthy of assessing. The final report was comprehensive and, once again, very through. The methodology for evaluation and sources used were clearly cited, along with sources explaining market conditions. Very satisfied with their work.

    Robert K. Thurmont, MD
  • I would like to take this time to highly recommend the appraisal services of Harrison Appraisals. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Mr. Robert Harrison on a variety of projects over the past few years, and found Mr. Harrison and his office to be personable, extremely professional, customer-focused and most accommodating each visit. Mr. Harrison’s expertise and the quality of his final work product or appraisals has been top notch and informative. For this reason, I will continue to utilize his Office and Services for my future appraisals, as well as refer him to my colleagues, friends & family.

    Racheal F. Highland, MD
  • It is always a pleasure working with Bob Harrison as a personal property appraisal expert. As a family law attorney, both my clients and I value an expert like Bob, who is a consummate professional, knowledgeable, expedient but thorough with his work product, and understands the high level of emotion involved in every family law case. I highly recommend Bob. He is my "go-to" personal property appraisal expert.

    Tracey P. Columbia, MD
  • Robert Harrison was contracted to appraise items from Belmont Manor in Howard County. The assignment included many different objects--including but not limited to Continental & American furniture, Japanese porcelain and fine art. The resulting appraisal report was very detailed and useful in identifying the most valuable objects in the collection for our insurance purposes. Mr. Harrison was highly professional and delightful to work with. Excellent service from beginning to end of the appraisal process.

    Mary Ellen B. Elkridge, MD
  • Mr. Harrison possesses both professional knowledge as well as expertise while conducting historical research and market data analysis of comparable objects at the Carroll County Farm Museum. The need for a formal written appraisal at the Farm Museum was accomplished by Mr. Harrison over a 24 month period from January 2005 to July of 2006. He continues to accommodate acquisitions and donations to the Museum's collection.

    Dottie F. Westminster, MD
  • Bob is an excellent appraiser of personal property that includes most everything except jewelry and coin items. He is a walking encyclopedia and what he doesn't know, he researches to arrive at the most accurate values for both insurance and estate markets. I have seen him at work and have recommended him to many clients of my own, all of whom gave glowing reports of his expertise and professionalism. It is a pleasure to know him and to be able to refer anyone to him and be assured that they are getting a true expert.

    Sherlene B. Rockville, MD
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