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Antique and Collecters Blog

Welcome to Lola's Antique Blog. Enjoy our stories about antique picking, tips on antique care and much more.

Spotting Valuable Antiques

Antiques are typically more valuable than machine-made furnishings. Also, antiques tell a story of where they came from and can provide additional charm to your home. Regardless of why you are looking for antiques, you likely want to find one of value. Here are tips for spotting valuable antiques.

Recognizing Antiques

Spotting Valuable AntiquesThe Appearance

Look at the aesthetics of the antique. When the features blend in a balanced way that is pleasing to the eye, the object is said to have aesthetic value. Some people explain that beauty is subjective, but some furniture and artwork has objective beauty.

Authentic Antique

Obviously, the real thing is worth more than replication. To tell authenticity, look for a unique signature of the manufacturer, which means it is worth more than one without it if the signature is real.

Also, check out the type of material. For example, a bronze statue may not really be made of valuable bronze but instead of spelter. If it is spelter, then it is worth considerably less than a bronze counterpart.

Rareness of the Antique

If no one you know has it, then it is “rare.” However, if it is over the top and loud, that may explain why it is a rarity. But if you like it then the chances are good that it being rare is a positive thing.

The detail of what makes it rare varies from antique to antique. Perhaps it’s the color or design that is unique. For example, Carnival glass, made in the early 1900s, is more collectible in red than marigold because there are fewer in red.

The Condition

The less that is done to the antique, the more value it typically has. The item will have less value if it has more flaws. Look closely at antiques for flaws like scratches, tears, chips, cracks and missing parts.

Spotting Valuable Antiques Videos

References:

The Five Signs of a Valuable Antique

Treasure or trash? 10 ways to find out.

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