The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War takes place this year and continues until 2015. There are many state and local activities scheduled to commemorate this historical event.
Appraisers need to be aware of special events such as this, and how they will affect the values for related items. This multi-year anniversary of such an important historical event is expected to have an increase on values for Civil War artifacts and collectibles, at least temporarily. Buyers and appraisers should also be aware that civil war artifacts are frequently faked.
More information on the planned events is available at the following websites:
Civil War Trust http://www.civilwar.org/150th-anniversary/
Smithsonian Institution http://www.civilwar150.si.edu/
The National Archives http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/civil-war/