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The Value of Family Heirlooms

Aug 8, 2008
Most people have something in their possession that was passed along to them from an older family member. These items tend to be jewellery or some other accessory such as an old pocket watch or clock. Occasionally these objects range from furniture to books but always they have a significant meaning to the family they belong to. Family heirlooms greatly range in value but the truest value is what the piece means to the person who keeps it. Taking care of family heirlooms is important if you wish to maintain their worth.

It's no secret that sentimentality often takes precedence over financial worth. An item that has been in a family for many generations may be worth more than the holder realizes. But the fact remains that the value is really made up of what the piece means to the family. Old artefacts and original pieces from history may hold great value to museums or other collection facilities. However, do not let that be a reason for them to sway you into parting with something that is rightfully yours. Many people make the mistake of giving up a family heirloom only to regret it deeply.

If the monetary value of the family heirloom is of interest to you, it's wise to seek out a reputable dealer that is a skilled professional in their field. It's quite common to receive varying responses from antique dealers and collection experts. Seek out a professional that offers an expert guarantee of some kind. If you are considering selling the piece then you should ask for all necessary paperwork and proof of authenticity.

It's important to remember that scam artists lurk everywhere. This is also true in the world of antiques and valuable heirlooms. Fake antique dealers will try to convince you the value of your item is lower than it may actually be. This way they can obtain it from you at low cost and make a substantial profit when they sell it to a high bidder. Do not allow yourself to become a victim, especially where expensive heirlooms are concerned.

Taking care of your family heirlooms is necessary if you wish to retain their value. The use of proper cleaners made for the safe care of whatever item you should have is essential. Antique dealers and professionals will be able to assist you in selecting the appropriate cleaning tools and products. Take care not to use regular household cleaners. They may damage any fragile materials. Any items of significant age should be cared for by a professional if keeping it in perfect condition is vital to you.

Depending on what exactly your family heirloom is, you may have to take specific steps to properly maintain the material. Certain temperatures should be avoided with most materials, especially natural ones like wood. Room temperature is best for furniture. Paintings should be cared for by a professional for cleaning purposes. Follow storage instructions carefully. Family heirlooms are an important part of most families, a representation of time and achievement. Proper care is essential for ensuring that these heirlooms stand the tests of time.
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