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Antique Furniture Collecting

Apr 26, 2008
Have you observed the quantity of antique shops there are in your city? There is an explanation for that. There is a huge demand for antiques. As ever more people observe the craftsmanship and quality of older pieces of furniture they are making the decision to invest in these pieces.

It perhaps a bit overpowering for the new collector to know where to start. There are a lot of different eras, designs, and styles to select from, so it is often problematic to determine where to commence. Generally you should begin with what is attractive to you.

When collecting stamps or figurines, these items are usually hidden away in an album or on a knickknack shelf. Antique furniture takes a much more prominent place in the homes of collectors, so one of the best pieces of advice for beginning antique collectors is by what you like. Because these pieces will be on display in your home, you really need to make sure that the item you purchase is something you can live with. You will be looking at it every day, so it should be something you enjoy. If it is something that you don't enjoy having in your home, you will not appreciate it regardless of its potential investment value.

There are a lot of elements that bear on the value and price of an antique furniture object. One of the primary considerations is the piece's age which generally has the biggest consequence on the value of the object. As a general formula: the older it is, the more priceless it is.

The collector needs to also assess the condition of the antique. Two tables of similar age and style could command very different prices if one of them has visible scratches on it, for instance. Check closely for evidence of repairs, dents, gouges, and cracks as these factors will all affect the value of the piece.

It is also a good idea to consider the type of wood used to construct the furniture. Items made from hardwoods such as teak and mahogany typically are worth far more than ones made from softwoods such as pine or poplar. Further, hardwoods hold up better over the years and are richer in color and have a more desirable graining to collectors. Be aware of any treatments, waxes, or polishes which have been applied to the furniture as these can also decrease the value.

If you'd care to begin collecting now it is generally best to start with more modest, less pricey pieces then any miscues are less expensive. As your knowledge grows around antique furniture you might then add a few objects which are bigger and more costly.
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