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Dr. Ford is an independent registered full-time professional appraiser of movable property (generally referred to as “personal property” but also encompassing corporate, museum and government-owned items). He began appraising in 1978, becoming a member of Mid-Am (Mid-Atlantic Appraisers Association), and formed his own company, Items of Value, in 1981. Ten years later, Items of Value became an operating corporation, involving other registered appraisers.


Dr. Ford does appraisal work throughout the United States as well as internationally on behalf of individuals, insurance companies, attorneys, corporations, federal government agencies, and foreign governments. His work includes appraising, consulting, expert witness testimony, arranging public and private sales of single items and entire estates, locating “in kind” replacements for insurance settlements, and instruction. Dr. Ford has been an instructor in the appraisal and fine art fields, giving seminars for appraisers, dealers, and the general public. He created a videotape series on appraising and antiques for cable network television and has done four successive years of “antiques road shows” at the historic Ball-Sellers house of the Arlington County (Virginia) Historical Society. He is the author of several published articles on appraising, including a highly quoted article written by invitation for the legal profession. That article, titled “Choosing the Right Appraiser”, was originally published in 1990 and has been reprinted.




  • Insurance Companies: Aetna, Travelers, State Farm, USAA, Fireman’s Fund, Continental Insurance, Hartford, Nationwide, Prudential, Huntington T. Block, GEICO, Erie Insurance

  • Federal Government Agencies: Offices of the Secretary of Defense/Secretary of State/Secretary of Energy/Secretary of Commerce/Secretary of Transportation, DOD U.S. Central Command, Department of the Army, U.S. Senate Commission on the Arts (for both members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives), U.S. Geological Survey, NIMA/National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Defense University, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service

  • Foreign Governments/International Organizations: Oman, Nigeria, Pakistan, India, International Monetary Fund, World Bank

  • Private Businesses: Knoff International, ICF Kaiser, Fairchild Corporation, Jefferson Hotel, Carlton Hotel, Corporate Response Group, Susan Davis Companies, Gallerie Jaclande, Klara Sever Studios, Dutch Maid Cleaning Service, The Maids, The Packaging Store, Service Master, The Legal Resources Group, Compucare, Davidson & Company, Tomas de Graaf Collection, Filomena Restaurant

  • Organizations: AFL-CIO, Capitol Hill Club, American Indian Scholarship Committee, National Heart Foundation, Foreign Service Wives Club, Jewish Roentgen Ray Society, Lombardi Cancer Center, Arlington Historical Society, World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., Romanian Foundation of America, Women’s National Democratic Club, National Petroleum Refiners Association

  • Churches, Synagogues, and Temples: B’Nai Brith (Washington, D.C.), Second Congregational Church (Alexandria, VA), Georgetown Visitation (Washington, D.C.), Methodist Church (Alexandria, VA), B’Nai Israel (Bethesda, MD), Saint Nicholas Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)

  • Insurance Adjusters: Triangle Adjusters, Eagle Adjustment Company

  • Moving Companies: Interstate Van Lines, Graebel Van Lines, Global Van Lines, Fields Movers

  • Commercial Shippers: The Packaging Store

  • Artists and Craftspeople: Hennesy family father and sons, Joyce Zipperer, Sharon Morris-Kincheloe, Warren Brandt, George Thek

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