Alderfer Auction expands appraisal services, hires Allyson Babcock

Allyson Constant Babcock. Image provided by Alderfer Auction Co.

HATFIELD, Pa. – Alderfer Auction today announced the appointment of Allyson Constant Babcock as appraiser and sales associate. Babcock will be offering appraisal services to individuals, attorneys, insurance professionals, trust companies, financial planners, museums and historical societies on Philadelphia’s Main Line and surrounding areas. Babcock has more than eight years’ experience in the auction and appraisal industry and produces professional appraisals for insurance, estate tax, equitable distribution, and personal interest purposes.

“There is an organic demand for appraisal services from attorneys to individuals. Babcock’s product expertise, auction industry experience and appraisal certifications not only satisfy our customer’s expectations, but also the geographical expansion goals of the Company,” said Alderfer CEO and owner Sherry Russell.

Allyson Constant Babcock grew up in Orient, New York, the easternmost town of Long Island’s North Fork. It was in this historic small town that her love of history and antiques began. From a young age, Allyson was submersed in the decorative arts world, training her “eye” for fine antiques and art by attending shows and visiting shops and galleries across New England and throughout New York. Her father, Douglas Constant was an antiques dealer, collector and appraiser for over 40 years. Throughout his career as proprietor of Douglas Constant, Inc., he imparted much of his knowledge to Allyson, whose areas of expertise include American furniture and decorative arts, American fine art, and general residential contents.

Allyson Constant Babcock holds a double bachelor’s degree from Brown University in American civilization (material culture) and organizational behavior and management. She also obtained a certificate in appraisal studies by completing the Appraisal Institute of America’s CASP program (Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program). She is an associate member of the Appraisers Association of America and is currently applying to become an accredited member. Her appraisals conform to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). USPAP has now become recognized throughout the United States as the generally accepted standard of appraisal practice for all appraisal disciplines.

Prior to venturing into the business of appraising, Babcock worked for Alderfer, learning the day-to-day operations of an auction house. She became the lead cataloger for their quarterly fine and decorative arts auctions, researching and cataloging thousands of items for estate auctions.

Babcock resides on the western Main Line, in Malvern, with her husband and two boys, ages 16 and 13. They are involved in the community volunteering for the Great Valley School District, Great Valley Crew Club, and Boy Scouts of America, Troop 76. They enjoy spending summer weekends at their home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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