Michael Carver is the owner of Ammonoosuc River Auction Company in Lisbon, New Hampshire. He is a buyer, seller, collector, appraiser, and auctioneer of quality antiques, home accessories, and decorative arts, specializing in 18th and 19th century American furniture.
Mike's respect for antiques began in 1979, just out of high school in Massachusetts, when he worked as an apprentice to both an auctioneer and a master upholsterer in a suburb of Boston. In 1988, he and his wife, Jan, moved to Littleton, New Hampshire where Mike began repairing, restoring, and selling antique furniture, earning a reputation as 'The Furniture Doctor'.
In 1998, Mike and his wife moved to Lisbon, New Hampshire, where they opened Ammonoosuc River Trading Company in a renovated 3-story barn at their 1781 farm property along the Ammonoosuc River. The store gained widespread respect for its significant inventory of antique furniture, collectibles, Oriental carpets, reproductions, and decorative accessories. The retail store closed in 2006 to allow Mike to dedicate his talents to providing auction and appraisal services, both in great demand in the area.
Mike is a 2002 graduate of Mendenhall School of Auctioneering Resident Training in High Point, North Carolina. He has been a featured seller at a variety of antique shows, expert appraiser at appraisal fairs, and guest speaker on the subject of antiques and collectible valuation. In addition to his auction work, Mike conducts appraisals for individuals, insurance companies, and estates.