Nelson O. Clayton has had an avid interest in antiques throughout his life. He is an active member of several museums and historical societies. He has been attendant, as a collector and investor of 18th and 19th century American furniture and silver, in over 400 antiques shows and auctions since 1993. 

After graduating College at Brown University and Business School at American University, he joined the International Division at Citibank. In the following thirty-three years, Mr. Clayton had international and domestic assignments, which allowed him the opportunity to build on his knowledge. He also became involved in the real estate and appraisal businesses, which included management of the Real Estate Appraisal and Construction Management Department for Citibank worldwide and establishment of the real estate policy and appraisal policy for Asian countries. He also devoted numerous hours in analyzing and assessing Private Banking Client’s personal property for collateral security purposes.

In 1995, Mr. Clayton graduated from Long Island University’s Arts and Antiques Appraisal Certificate Program. He is also a graduate of the Winter Institute 2000 at the Winterthur Museum. He has also successfully completed the 15-hour course and examination in Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) promulgated by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation. He continues his education with continuing education programs sponsored by professional appraisal organizations and museums worldwide. He serves on the Personal Property Committee and the Admissions and Membership Committees of the American Society of Appraisers, Inc. and in July 2008, he became a Member of the American Society of Appraiser’s Board of Governors.
















Nelson O. Clayton is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers. He is designated in Personal Property Residential Contents-General and Antiques and Decorative Arts. He is also a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property of the International Society of Appraisers, Inc., approved to appraise Antiques and Residential Contents. He is actively engaged in the appraisal of household contents, and antiques and decorative arts and he is building his credentials in silver, and fine arts. With consultation with experts, he has appraised paintings and sculpture in the appraised range of $10-$550,000, individual items of silver in the $40,000 range, clocks in the $30,000 range, and furniture in the $125,000 range. His training at the Winterthur Museum helped him to develop these skills. In addition, he is trained in research and analysis, first as a senior bank-lending officer, and second, as an appraiser. In every assignment, Mr. Clayton continues to develop his skills by identifying and analyzing complete household contents, collections, and family heirlooms. Mr. Clayton’s appraisal business has been developed through personal referral and direct contact with families requiring appraisal of their household contents, primarily for estate tax planning and settlement, donations, divorce and insurance purposes. He has evaluated complete household contents as well as selected individual items.