Ultimately an appraisal provides an independent, impartial and objective opinion of value.  The process of developing that opinion involves diligent and scholarly research, the result of which may be the revelation of previously unknown history and significance.  There are many cases where clients are inspired by curiosity to learn more about the objects that have been important to them throughout their lives.  A qualified appraisal can help to open new doors and create the opportunity for clients to see what they value in a different light.