"Hi Tom, I was referring to the article Vicki posted, which recommends the hot water test for celluloid.
"If you want to test a piece you suspect to be celluloid, put it under hot running tap water. Celluloid omits (sic) the scent of…"
"Adding to the original post to add provenance information. My grandmother received these items in the late 1950's from an elderly friend who had no heirs. My mother remembers seeing the items in the friend's house in the early…"
"Looks more like "JH" to me. Hot Water test is for bakelite, smell is from petroleum. Not a test for celluloid. Celluloid is made of plant cells (not petroleum) and has an off-white, mottled look just like yours. Old celluloid…"
"High-end auction houses do charge for appraisals. It is tricky to get appraisals in general, as many establishments/personal business owners will appraise on the low end in hopes that you will sell to them so they can resell it for a premium. There…"
"No, The museum or the Auctioneer do so free of charge in most cases. In an Antique shop, an appraiser may charge something to review and give an appraisal on your items.
An Auction house always wants quality items for their upcoming sales, and…"
"Oh Yes, a smaller Museum would be an Excellent idea! Curators, especially those with smaller collections are much more willing to help, then say a major, large established Museum, in your downtown for instance. I think you have a couple…"