When I first began my career [as an art appraiser in the 70s], America became enthralled with Upstairs/Downstairs. Now, forty years later, new versions of the same story lines have recaptured our fascination. While these have been pure fiction, what follows are true vignettes of Old Money life from my years among the rich and quietly famous. And I can assure my readers the real Biddles, DuPonts, and Rockefellers exhibited all the grandeur, falderaland occasional witlessnessof their made-up British counterparts.
from The Appraiser Calls, Encounters with Aristocracy
The knowledgeable and always entertaining John Hazard Forbes takes us along as he unlocks the secret enclaves of exclusive families, often exposing much more than the mere value of their possessions.
E. Shaver, bookseller
The Appraiser Calls is the latest addition to the Old Money America book series. Each chapter is a true recollection of the authors encounters with the very rich and quietly famous. Within each self-contained chapter, the reader will meet remarkable people of elegance, whimsy, courage, foolishness, and tragedy plus the cover-up of a nasty crime.
The Addendum section includes notes on Old Money savior faire, the secret language of Americas oldest and richest families, and an actual room by room appraisal of every item inside an elegant New York City townhouse.