Training Your Mind for Antique Greatness!
Two definitions lead our discussion of antiques. First, the legal definition (which is primarily used for import duties and taxes) defines antiques as those things made prior to 1830. The other definition (adopted by most collectors and dealers) consider items 100 or more years old as antiques. These definitions refer mostly to to antique furniture. Cars are an exception to this rule. They become antique after only 20 years. Semi-antique refers to items that are less than 100 years old; but are highly collectible. Examples of semi-antique would include pottery, porcelain, glassware, textiles, oriental rugs and jewelry.
Why Buy Antiques?
Antiques have stood the test of time. Certainly, cheaply made pieces were available in the past just like today. Yet the workmanship of the past has produced furniture to last! Most antiques beam with the skill and excellence of its craftsman Each piece speaks to us of years gone by, of self-expression and unfading beauty. There are four good reasons to invest in antiques: appreciating value, durability, cost, and decorating flexibility.
Depreciation vs. Appreciation
Antiques do not depreciate in value like modern furniture. The cost of an antique can be slightly higher than a comparable piece purchased new. But, when purchased at auctions or estate sales, it is definitely cheaper to buy an older piece than a newer counterpart of similar quality. When the time comes to sell and buy again, new furniture may result in a considerable loss. Antiques on the other hand, appreciate in value and may provide a handsome profit whenever sold.
Let's Go Antiquing!
Furniture Periods and Styles
Furniture can be divided into major periods and styles. A period is the term used to define the original time frame of a popular design. Style refers to furniture pieces that were designed based on an earlier period. The following are brief summaries of important periods and styles.
Admiring & Appreciating Collectibles
A collectible could be anything from buttons to baseball cards. Most collectibles are displayed at home in some form or fashion. Larger items such as furniture, automobiles and boats may not be suitable to display in large quantities. A collectible can be an antique, semi-antique or something brand new. It simply takes someone to assemble and accumulate similar items and instantly we have a collectible!
In this section, we will feature common collectibles that may be found around your house. You know, all of that "stuff" we have crammed into our cupboards, closets, attics and basements over the years. Common Collectibles have been categorized to help in your search. Categories include glassware, porcelain trans lucente, semi-porcelain, pottery, linen and jewelry.
However, if your home is much too modern to contain these "older treasures," then take a good look at Grandmother's things or those of older relatives. You'll be surprised to find that ordinary pieces from the past, have an increasing popularity among collectors today!
An Inventory of Household Valuables: