1. The Appraisal Foundation

    Founded in 1987 by eight leading U.S. professional appraisal organizations, including the American Society of Appraisers, the Foundation fosters professionalism by helping to ensure that appraisers are qualified to offer their services, and by promoting the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. The Standards define the process of developing an appraisal and reporting its results, and are designed to elevate and establish standards for all appraisers and users of appraisals.

    A copy of the current edition of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice may be obtained by contacting the Appraisal Foundation, Suite 900, 1029 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005.

  2. American Society of Appraisers, Inc.

    With over fifty-five years of experience, the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) is the nation's oldest multi-disciplinary society that teaches tests and accredits appraisers. International in structure, ASA is self-supporting, unaffiliated and independent. It was incorporated to establish an effective profession-wide affiliation working cooperatively for the elevation of standards of the appraisal profession. In response to a Congressional mandate, ASA is one of the major appraisal societies that helped found the Appraisal Foundation a national self-regulatory organization created to establish uniform qualifications criteria for professional appraisers, to develop standards for appraisal work, and to provide other programs to serve the public.

    The Society exists to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among its members; cultivate the profession of appraising; establish and maintain the Principles of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics for the guidance of its members; maintain universal recognition that members of the Society are objective, unbiased appraisers and consultants of property values; award a" professional designation to qualified members of the Society; and seek to attain recognition of the profession by both Public and private enterprise.

    Society members include specialists in business valuation, machinery and equipment, personal property (fine arts, antiques, residential contents, gems and jewelry, and a variety of other subjects), real property (residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural), and technical valuation (public utilities, industrials, natural resources, and others); in short, all types of property, tangible and intangible, real or personal.
    Each Society "member who has conclusively demonstrated that he or she is qualified to appraise one or more kind of property has been certified_ Such accreditation is predicated upon Society criteria; intensive written examination, submission of representative appraisal reports and screening of applicant's practice ethics. With five years or more of full-time valuation experience members are granted the right to use the professional designation ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser).

    Senior appraisers are required to re-accredit, every five years, through a mandatory continuing education process. Ethical practices and conduct required of Society members are clearly defined in the Principles of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics of the American Society of Appraisers.






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.