Frederick Oster

Consulting Specialist

Musical Instruments

2400 Market Street

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Call: 215.940.9830



Freeman’s is pleased to welcome Frederick Oster as consulting specialist focusing on musical instruments; Oster will organize Freeman’s inaugural Musical Instrument auction in November 2015.

Oster is an internationally recognized authority on the violin family and American fretted instruments such as acoustic guitars, mandolins, and banjos. He brings more than 40 years of experience in the appraisal, certification, dealing, and restoration of fine and historically important musical instruments, dating as far back as the 17th century. He opened his Philadelphia-based fine and vintage musical instrument business in 1974 and has provided expert assessments to insurance companies, musicians, museums, and collectors. Mr. Oster was also a consultant to a number of leading New York auction houses. He managed Christie’s New York Musical Instruments Department for several years, after which he was a consultant to Christie's New York & London for 25 years. He is currently an appraiser on the popular PBS television program Antiques Roadshow and has been on the show for 20 years.

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