Antique Experts


As seen on First Coast News

People on the First Coast have many valuable items in their house just waiting to be discovered. First Coast News worked with local appraiser Barbara Langston to help First Coast News viewers find out if they have trash or treasure among their belongings.


Mandarin retirement community hosts its own ‘Antiques Roadshow’

The curved sword came out of the tasseled scabbard with a scrape, its leather-clad grip tattered, its blade tarnished. Laid atop the glass table in the octagonal common room at Mandarin’s Augustine Landing retirement community, it was a relic of a war long ago…


At Murray Hill Preservation Society’s ice cream social, there could be a treasure found

A prayer rug from the 1800s, silver from Europe, a book on the Chicago Exposition and tons of other items turned up at the Murray Hill Preservation Association’s recent annual ice cream social.
The room at the event’s auction was packed with about 50 people who each brought something that had either been in their families for generations or had been picked up through the years. The association’s ice cream social at Murray Hill Presbyterian Church, 940 Talbot Ave., featured guest speakers Barbara Langston, an accredited appraiser, and her son Jonathan Grogan, who is training to be an art appraiser.


Qualifications and experience of Barbara A. Langston, Appraiser


  • Furniture Real or Fake Identification of Rugs (All in conjunction with the University of Maryland)
  • Completion of Wood Analysis Class
  • Successfully Completing Core 101, 102,103
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (Continuing Studies)
  • Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL (Continuing Studies)
  • Attended appraiser related courses, seminars, and workshops
  • Attended Lawrence Institute of Technology, Southfield, MI
  • Graduated from Oakland County Community College Detroit, MI


Lectures & Public Presentations to Include:
  • Florida Times Union, Lifestyle section. Consultant for the article EAppraisal with Susan Respess February 2000
  • Hubbard House Appraisal Fair, Volunteered appraisals services for fund raisers December 1999
  • CBS Channel 4, Interviewed by Heather Van Nest for Appraisals in November 1998.
  • Fernandina Shrimp Festival, Best of Show 1998. First Place for Display & Marketing Concepts.
  • Southern Women’s Show, Prime Osborn Convention Center. 1995 1 st Place Winner, 1996 2nd Place Winner, 1997 1 st Place Winner, 1998 2nd Place Winner in the Home Interior Division, Design & Marketing Concepts. Competed against four hundred other entries.
  • Lectured for Newcomer’s Group of Arlington on “Heirloom Discovery Days” at Epping Forest in September of 1998.
  • Shoreline News, Interviewed for the article ” The Art of Estate Saling” August of 1998.
  • Conducted “Heirloom Discovery Days” in conjunction with The Salvation Army Auxiliary Branch, September of 1998.
  • Jacksonville’s Business Journal. B. Langston’s Antiques Featured in the Homefront Magazine “Antique Linens Throughout Your Home.” July of 1998.
  • Featured in the Florida Times Union in Your Money “Grandma’s Treasures” April 19th 1998, Sundays Edition.
  • ABC Channel 25 ‘Antiques Throughout the Home” a live interview with anchorman Bruce Hamilton.
  • Jacksonville Showcase of Homes, Queens Harbor in association with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra “Antique Linen Versatility & Beauty”
  • A General Overview of “Antiques, Simple Techniques for Preservation.” Presented to the Beaches Women’s Christen Group of Jacksonville Beach.

Licensed as an Antique Dealer/Appraiser since 1978. Employed in the same capacity by various Attorneys At Law and individuals, in connection with estate sales, liquidation’s, claims, and settlements involving personal property. Owned and operated an antique shop in Detroit (1978 – 1986). Relocated to Jacksonville in 1987 immediately established B. Langston’s Antiques serving the south in Jacksonville, FL; North Carolina; as well as, Savannah, GA; thereby keeping abreast of current values of antiques, collectibles, and personal properties. Currently averaging 35 estate sales per year which also provide a wealth of experience.