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About HMG Appraisals

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We respond to all orders within three business days and we guarantee the authenticity of all items as per our description.
About Us
Tony Greist, a furniture and decorative arts expert and appraiser with over 40 years of experience in the industry. He graduated from Tufts University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & French. He then received his Master’s Degree of Education in Clinical Counseling in 1972. He then worked as a Mental Health Therapist from 1972-1973, at which point he decided to pursue his hobby of buying and selling antiques and the restoration of furniture. This quickly became a full-time adventure, resulting in sole proprietorship of his company from 1973-2001. The business evolved from roots in the Oak & Victorian American furniture market through early American antiques, and later the inclusion of English and European antiques.

Early on, Tony learned that to be successful at wholesale and retail levels, the auction market would be an important element. This resulted in his attending auctions on a daily basis for the first 10 years of the business. In the 1980s, he fostered relationships with English and European antiques dealers, resulting in an extensive wholesale operation involving both the import and export of many of the antiques he was handling. This included ventures in England, Western Europe, and Scandinavia.

By 1984, Tony took on a partner and together they built and opened a 23,000 sq. foot, state of the art facility in Southern New Hampshire. This quickly became one of the largest wholesale retail antique centers in operation at the time.

By the mid-1990s, Tony had sold this business and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where he opened a wholesale antiques warehouse from which he continued to operate as a base while purchasing antiques throughout the Southeastern United States. During this period, literally thousands of miles of travel were necessary to discover and obtain the high-quality antiques that the market demanded.

In 2000, Tony had accepted a position with a prominent auction house in New England where he continued to work until 2007. At this time, Tony re-established his contacts at James D. Julia, Inc.
Tony has extensive knowledge of the antiques market, the identification of the various styles and periods and has been appraising furniture and decorative arts from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries for over forty years.
Hubert Greist
11 Highland Ave.
Waterville
ME 04901
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