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Collecting Antique China 101

Jul 7, 2008
Throughout the world, people love collecting antiques of various periods and types. These can include such antiquities as antique rugs, silvers, Victorian pieces, clocks, books and china. As a matter of fact, one of the more popular antique items that people collect is chinaware.

China can be defined as hard paste porcelain which is decorated by transfer or by hand. It can include a variety of tableware like soup bowls, coffee pots, cups and saucers, tea pots, forks, spoons and bowls.

One of the reasons why antique china is so popular is because its looks great as a collection when you find or put together a complete set. The more older pieces of antique furniture were made by American and English companies like Tiffany, Minton, Spode, Staffordshire, Aynsely, Blue Ridge China and Noritake.

Blue Ridge Antique China is famous for its high collectibility because of its primitive designs and great looking colors. This is one type of china you might want to look at investigating if you are interested in starting your own collection of china.

A second type of antique china which is collected by many people is antique children's china. Found mostly in antique stores in the children's section, this type of china is usually reserved for those collectors who have an interest in children's antiques and are not usually bought for children because of their value, age and the fact that they are fragile.

Because antique china is fragile, delicate and can be easily damaged, you will need to know how to look after it. There would be nothing worst than discovering that your loved antique china has been damaged because of misguided actions.

Cleaning you antique china without damaging it is extremely important. To clean it in a safe way, use warm soapy water to wash away dirt and let it dry after washing the soap away. If there a stains deep inside the china, you can use salt to remove them. Whenever cleaning, make sure you are gentle.

For porous or coarse china, you can remove the stains and dirt by soaking it in water for about a week. If you do break your china, there are professionals who are able to do an excellent job at restoring it for. Or, for china which is inexpensive or only broken slightly, you can fix it yourself using special glue.

Collecting antique china can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. As mentioned, be sure to take care of it by cleaning it carefully and putting it away in a safe place.
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