There are many different types of people who would like to add an antique collection to their homes. If you are one of them, it is going to be worth your while to ensure that you have the right level of knowledge to find and choose the right ones. There are several different factors that you can bear in mind when you are selecting antiques to add to your collection, and the following blog post will be checking out some of these in a higher level of detail.
First of all, you have the actual age of the piece. It tends to be the case that the older pieces are more valuable as they are rarer (fewer have survived over time), though this is not always going to be the case. Having a good idea of the different periods of history and the types of items used or bought will be a good starting point. You should invest time into researching the specific eras of antiques – particularly the era that you are looking to invest in. For example, if you intend to purchase Georgian era furniture you should know some basics, such as what are Georgian drawers made of? This will help you to decide for yourself if a piece is authentic and worth the money being asked.
On top of looking only at the age of a particular piece, you should also find out whether there is any historical significance that is worth knowing more about. For example, was it made by a special designer who was well known during the period? Perhaps it was owned by some figures in history who have some fame. It may even be that the historical significance is only relevant to the area that you are in (a local businessman for instance) or even to yourself – something that an ancestor had connected with or even made in a factory.
Of course, as the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it is going to be worth ensuring that you are picking out pieces that are especially attractive to you – particularly if it is something that is going to be put in your own home. You are going to be spending a lot of money on it and having it around you every day and you need to consider whether it will hold its value. If you believe it is beautiful, it is likely that other people will as well.
Beyond everything else, you are also going to need to make sure that there is some quality that is worth discussing. This will make a big difference in terms of ensuring that it stands the test of time if you are going to keep it in your own home. If you are going to be passing it on to some antique dealers in the future, they are certainly going to need to know that it has the mark of quality that will see them being able to sell it.
It is usually the case that antiques are not the kind of mass-produced furniture that we see so often. At the same time, having that extra layer of uniqueness can end up seeing a certain object or piece standing out from all of the other antiques that you could get your hands on.