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Condition of Antique Furniture Check Guide

August 5th, 2013 11:07 pm

When evaluating antique furniture, there are many techniques that can be utilized by anyone who wants to make an accurate valuation. There are particular warning signs to watch out for in antique pieces that indicate newness, and they can be discovered easily if one learns about them ahead of time.

On the other hand, there are indicators of age that can be observed, which are helpful to know about because they imply higher value in the furniture. It may be costly and time consuming to have antiques appraised by an expert, so it can be helpful to have a basic education on the signs to look out for when judging the value of antiques.

Indicators of High Value

In this section are some characteristics of age (and higher value) that can be seen in antiques. A general concept to be aware of is that wood and glass tend to become warped over a long period of time. For example, wooden tables that may have been perfectly round when it was built will most likely not still be perfectly round if it is truly an antique, because the wood will have become warped. The same can be observed in the glass that is found in antique mirrors and other glass pieces.

In wooden furniture, look for variations in colour. These occur in old furniture because certain segments of the furniture are exposed to light for many years, while others, like the back of a dresser, are not. If there are signs that the furniture has been reupholstered several times, this can indicate a higher age and value. General indicators of age can also include normal wear tear and build-ups of dirt or dust.

Indicators of Lower Value

It is also important to know how to avoid buying new furniture that can be mistaken for antique furniture. In terms of coloration, the inverse of the advice above is true: new furniture tends to be uniform in colour because it has not been exposed to light long enough to show discoloration. If there are screw holes in the furniture with nothing in them, this likely means that part of the original piece of hardware (such as a handle) is missing, which will decrease the value.

Collectible Art – Finding Sources For Collectible Items

July 19th, 2013 11:34 pm

There are many reasons why art collectors buy collectible art. One, they use it as a form of investment; two, because of the intrinsic value: and three, they have a sense of satisfaction about their purchase.

Some people might think of collectible art as mostly junk art, but many works are expensive pieces of history. Perhaps you one of those people who are also on the lookout for other collectible items such as old books and manuscripts, antiques, old coins, paper collectibles or original artwork. Where you find a variety of collectibles you are sure to find collectible art.

Collectibles are found any place in the world, even in your own local community. If you are new to collecting items like these, you can find them easily, here’s how:

Visit your nearest flea market or secondhand store. There are bazaars where you can buy inexpensive secondhand goods. You can find many collectible items in these types of places. You can even find collectible art.

Next visit your nearest antiques shop. There you will find collectibles that you can add to your collection. Many of the items in antique shops are from auctions and estate sales. You can buy cheap or gets deals just like at a garage sale in your neighbourhood, it pays to haggle.

You can also find a wealth of opportunity on the Internet when it comes to rare collectibles. There are websites that will give you information, products to bid on or just to browse. A huge resource for rare collectibles or rare items for auction is Ebay. Every type of collectible imaginable is available for easy purchase from around the world. A large section is devoted to art.

Excited about getting some collectible art or whatever holds your fancy. Then check out this informative source if you want to learn more about eBay, antiques and collectibles.