Lord Durham appraisal service will appraise single books, maps, prints, manuscripts, entire collections and libraries, for both Private and Institutional collectors.

All appraisal work (donation, insurance, estate, cultural property, and other purposes) will be billed at an hourly rate or at a negotiated fixed fee. Our fee is based on the estimate time spent on the appraisal: including inspection, research, valuation and write-up. Travel time and out-of-pocket costs will also be billed. Estimates are provided before we begin for your agreement and approval. Our fees are not based on the value of the material being appraised. To discuss your appraisal specifics, please contact Duncan McLaren, phone 905 680-8115 or email.

Duncan McLaren (905) 680-8115 or email: , is a member of the following professional appraisal organization;

Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group (CPPAG)

CPPAG is a Canadian national, Personal Property Appraisal organization comprising a network of accredited appraisers spanning from coast to coast. Duncan McLaren is a member in good standing.

Was a member of International Society of Appraisers (ISA) for over 5 years (Sept. 2012 to Dec. 2017)

Other Assocaitions:
Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA)
The International Map Collectors' Society (IMCoS)
Ephemera Society of America
American Historical Print Collectors Society
The Manuscript Society
Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC)
The Bookplate Society UK

Duncan's 30+ year experience as a collector, combined with his LDRB's retail and consulting experience offers an uncommon  practical side to performing an appraisal service. Duncan stays up-to-date with USPAP and appraisal techniques through various associations and memberships. Client's greatly benefit by attributes. Some client's testimonials include;

Institutional client: "Thank you for your appraisals. I find them to be very detailed and fair. We appreciate your professionalism and commitment. " David Sharron, Brock University

Private collector client: "Duncan provided not just financial values but also professional research and interesting background information on them. " R. R. Williamson. St. Catharines

Fair market value (FMV) is and will continue to be more dynamic  given today's internet world, many more research options continually available.

We often participate in discussions on appraisals and evaluations from listing our items for sale to various guidelines published on evaluations and appraisals.

What are you thoughts on fair market value and evaluations?

We continue learn and improve with communicating and comparing. Please let me know your thoughts and opinion by contacting me at 905 680-8115 or email