Certified and Licensed Appraisers

Aloysia C. Hamalainen ISA CAPP


Elin Hamalainen ISA





                     Fine and Decorative Arts


* Eighteenth Century European and American paintings and decorative arts,

Nineteenth Century European and American paintings and decorative arts,

Twentieth Century European and American paintings and decorative arts,

Sterling Silver and Silver Plate: Flatware, Hollow ware and Decorative items,

American and European Art Pottery, Porcelain and Glass,

Rare Books and Ephemera,

Eighteenth Century European and American furniture,

Nineteenth Century European and American furniture,

Twentieth Century European and American furniture,

Persian and Oriental Rugs.




    •       Certified Appraiser of all appreciable and depreciable personal property, currently

             appraising Fine Art and Decorative Arts for Estate, Insurance coverage and Donation.

          Qualified Appraiser, Internal Revenue Service

    •      Qualified Appraiser, Appraisal Standards Board

    •      Appointed to the Task force of Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation                to revise Personal Property appraisal standards 7 and 8.

    •      Accepted as expert witness, Montgomery County Circuit court, Md.

    •       Appraised important artists’ work for donation to American Universities, public and

            private fine art galleries.

    •      Advised on repair and conservation of damaged paintings and decorative objects,

    •      Published Reviews on Artists and Museum Events for a variety of publications

    •      Achieved Private Client Services Credential


Education (Not including approximately 15 CEU per year)

        2020: Covid-19 Limiting Conditions

         2019: ISA Certified Appraiser requalification and USPAP update

         2018: FAE Two Day Valuation Seminar

         2018: USPAP update

         2017: Appraisal of Japanese Prints, Dr. Daphne Rosenzweig, Phd., ISA CAPP

          2017: Maryland Historical Society: 18th-19th Century Furniture

          2016: Antiquities Trafficking And Art Crime, University Of Glasgow

          2016: USPAP update

          2015:World Certification in Art History, Smithsonian Institution 

          2014:USPAP update, ISA Certified Level requalification

          2013: Foundation for Appraiser Education: 2 Day Valuation Symposium

          2012: Foundation for Appraiser Education: 2 Day Valuation Symposium

          2012: USPAP update

          2011: Brunk Auctions Valuation course

          2009: Qualified and received certified appraiser status

          2008: 15 hour USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice)

          2005: Principles in Valuation (American Society of Equine Appraisers)

          2004: George Washington University Center for Professional Development:

                   Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts/Connoisseurship

         2001-2004: All Core courses of the American Society of Appraiser program

         1985-1990: Independent Fee Appraisers Principles of Valuation appraisal courses

         1976: Graduate courses at Smithsonian Institution Conservation lab under Dr. C. Rose

         1976: BA: George Washington University: Art History and Anthropology


Professional Affiliation


         International Society of Appraisers: Certified Member

                           (Serving on the Special Appraisal Selection Committee and the Ethics 


         Served on the Board of Directors and the Foundation For Appraisal Education


         Currently serving on the Board of the National Capital Area Chapter of the ISA


          American Society of Equine Appraisers: Certified Member          

  • Over thirty years of horse related activities
  • Competed, volunteered and judged at Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Combined Training shows;
  • Bred, trained and sold a variety horses as well as tack and other equipment;
  • Managed barn of horses, including pleasure horses, broodmares and a breeding stallion.


            2008-2009 - ISA Service Award

            2009-2010 - ISA Special Merit Award

            2014-2015 - ISA Leadership and Service Award



Consultant to:

    •The OSS Society, Inc, MD Carroll County Historical Society, MD Society for the Blind, Universal Unitarian Church, UMD: Joseph Sheppard Gallery, CIA, Sandy Spring Museum,  etc.



I have been asked, "What is an ISA CAPP?"  I explain that the acronym stands for the highest level of certification available in the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) which is "Certified Appraiser of Personal Property" It is attained after the accredited candidate fulfills a demanding demonstration of competence and ability by examination, hours of experience and report writing.  The process is difficult enough that many appraisers do not attempt it, and  fewer accomplish it. 

Suffice it to say, the CAPP designation indicates a personal and professional level of expertise that is accepted by the Internal Revenue Service and courts of law and should give confidence to the client that their appraisal will be in accordance to the current laws, rules and regulations

Personal Property, Equine  and Real Estate Appraisers



We have two locations! 

329 Charred Oak Court

Annapolis, MD 21409 


8808 Mustang Island Circle
Naples, FL 34113

Office phone: 301-879-3204

Personal Property and Equine:

Aloysia Hamalainen ISA CAPP, ASEA

cell: 240-277-7250, email: ahamalainen@montgomeryappraisalgroup.com


Elin Hamalainen ISA


Real Estate:

John Hamalainen cell: 301-466-3504, email hamalainen@montgomeryappraisalgroup.com

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