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© 2014-2018 Acropolis Appraisals LLC. Acropolis Appraisals is a registered trademark  of Acropolis Appraisals LLC.


What we do at Acropolis Appraisals

We are generalist appraisers conducting

  • Consultations

  • Personal Property Appraisals

  • Estate Evaluations

  • Equitable Distribution Evaluations

  • Divorce Settlements

  • Estate Probate Evaluations

  • Bankruptcy

  • Damage Claims

  • Donation Valuations

  • Estate Sales

  • Insurance Claims

  • Non-Cash Charitable Donations

  • Appraisal Reviews

  • Brokerage Consignments



  • Antique Firearms

  • Modern Guns

  • Militaria

  • Historical Memorabilia

  • Weapons


What We Appraise

  • All Modern and Antique Firearms (including black powder weapons)

  • Handguns (semi automatic pistols, revolvers, dehringers, single shot and more)

  • Rifles (semi automatic, bolt, lever, pump, single shot and more)

  • Shotguns (semi automatic, pump, bolt, single shot, double barrelled, side-by-side, over-under and more)

  • Firearm Accessories (holsters, magazines, cases, stocks, parts and more)

  • Militaria (uniforms, bayonets, knives, combat gear, holsters, ordnance boxes, ammunition and more)

  • NFA CLASS III (full auto, select fire, machine guns, sound suppressors, short barrel rifles, short barrel shotguns)

  • Personal Property Collections and Estates (household items, collectibles and memorabilia)

  • Vehicles  and Machinery (automobiles, trucks, semi tractor trailers, farm equipment, and more)

Where We Appraise

  • In Our Office (by appointment, located in Stark county , Ohio)

  • Ohio (we travel frequently within the state, serving Cleveland, Akron, Canton and the surrounding areas as well as Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati and other metropolitan and rural areas)

  • Coast to Coast (we are qualified to perform appraisals anywhere within the United States, travel expenses will be detailed in the contract and will include travel, food, lodging and additional expenses accrued)

Who are our clients?

  • Private Individuals

  • Estate Appraisers

  • Attorneys

  • Universities

  • Museums

  • Curators

Acropolis Appraisal 's customers include private individual clients, client referrals, probate attorneys, estate planning lawyers, divorce attorneys, insurance agents and insurance companies.


Acropolis Appraisals can review your valuable collection for estate, divorce and probate settlements, providing documents written to the exacting specifications of both the USPAP and ISA standards.

Why do professional personal property appraisals require standards? To protect you and your valuable assets.


Acropolis Appraisals is USPAP compliant.

  • The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) are the generally accepted standards for professional appraisal practice in North America. USPAP contains standards for all types of appraisal services, including: real estate, personal property appraisal, business and mass appraisal.

  • The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 recognizes USPAP as the generally accepted appraisal standards and requires USPAP compliance for appraisers in federal-related transactions.

  • As there is no national license for personal property appraisers, USPAP compliancy is an important credential and one that the IRS uses to measure appraisals as acceptable for tax purposes. The IRS is much less likely to question appraisals completed by USPAP compliant appraisers.

Click Here to read more about the history of the USPAP


David Dobransky, lead personal property appraiser at Acropolis Appraisals, is ISA accredited.

  • The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) is the largest of the professional personal property appraisal associations representing the most highly trained and rigorously tested independent appraisers in the United States and Canada.

  • ISA was founded in 1979. Over the past 35 years, the society has grown to be the undisputed personal property appraisal association of choice.

  • ISA's membership is diverse and collegiate. Members include many of the country's most respected appraisers, consultants, curators, scholars, gallerists, estate liquidators, auctioneers, and dealers. The four main divisions are: Antiques and Residential contents; Fine Art; Gemstones and Jewelry; and Machinery and Equipment.

  • ISA qualified professional appraisers have expertise in all types of personal property appraisals and appraisal-related services including estate tax appraisals, insurance damage claims, estate liquidations, estate probate, business valuations and more.

Click Here to read more about the ISA

Acropolis Appraisals, conveniently located in Massillon, OH and serving clients in Canton, Massillon, Akron, Stark County, Summit County, and Northeastern Ohio, is your first and only choice for accredited, professional and standardized personal property appraisals and evaluations especially in the complex market of firearms, guns, militaria and related collectibles and antiques for estate planning, insurance, probate, divorce, equitable distribution, bankruptcy and estate sales. While many claim to be professionals, only Acropolis Appraisals follows USPAP and ISA personal property appraisal standards.

Why do I need a professional personal property appraisal rather than a simple opinion of value?


  • The IRS requires that guns that are a significant part of an Estate be appraised for tax purposes. The same goes for collections of guns that are being donated to a museum, foundation, or non-profit as a tax deduction.

  • In divorce cases the firearms owned will often have to be valued to split up the assets.

  • In the case of bankruptcies, the guns are considered part of an individuals net worth, a certain amount of which, if properly documented, they get to keep.

  • Also individuals that need money for retirement or that need to raise cash have to know what their guns are really worth so that they can get a fair price. In addition surviving spouses or children will often want to sell a deceased persons firearms, but have no idea of their value.


Can't I get gun values at any local gun shop or retailer?


  • Yes, but most firearm or gun stores don't have accredited personal property appraisers on-site. You need a professionally trained personal property appraiser who knows the market and provides proper documentation and valuation.

  • Documentation by an accredited personal property appraiser is submissable in court proceedings and insurance claims. The appraiser can even be an expert witness on your behalf if the need arises.

  • Historically, as in any business where profits are made by buying from one person to sell to another, real market values are often deflated in order to build more profit for the gun shop. A professional personal property appraiser will value your items without a conflict of interest. The personal property appraiser's interest should be the documentable and unbiased actual market value!