Find a good antique appraiser by asking a bank manager or an estate lawyer for a reputable appraiser. Alternately, search for an appraiser through the American Society of Appraisers or any other association.
Search for an appraiser who specializes in your type of antique, such as jewelry, gold, mechanical or furniture. Consult with multiple appraisers to ensure the value of the item is as accurate as possible.
The American Society of Appraisers offers a service for appraiser seekers to post needed appraisal information on the website. Once the user posts and answers a few questions, he is contacted by interested appraisers.