Shel Trost, ISA AM, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts



Shel Trost
ISA member since Aug 19, 2012

(815) 245-6250 (Office)

4thRight Appraisals
3510 Washington Street

McHenry, IL 60050 map

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I am a generalist with a niche specialty in architectural artefacts  and salvage appraisals. I grew up amongst antique collectors, brokers and an appraiser or two.  I started collecting antiques in the early 1980's.  I studied anthropology before my children were born.  I immersed myself into historic preservation and architectural identification in the 1990's and early 2000's, as an activist, commissioner and restorer of two homes.  We lived in South Africa in 2003-04, and I ran an informal auction information and transportation service for other expatriates.  I partnered with a fellow preservationist in an antiques and consignment shop, Whims on Pearl Street, in McHenry, IL in 2006-07. I found it very satisfying to learn appropriate appraisal methodology and to meet such a wide range of knowledgeable specialists in ISA.  I hope to employ and expand my expertise during each and every appraisal assignment.


  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Lamps & Lighting Fixtures
  • Primitives


  • Damage Claims
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Estate Tax
  • Insurance Claims
  • Non-Cash Charitable Donations

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Collectibles
  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Furniture - 19th Century
  • Furniture - 20th Century
  • Lamps & Lighting Fixtures

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