The term Antique refers to an old item; old meaning it should be old with respect to its age. Some of the unique features of an antique are its rarity, utility, beauty, and condition. For some folks, antiques also have a personal and emotional connection to the past. Antiques are the valuable things that are being passed on from one generation to another and they inevitably help us to explore the ancient culture of human society. As a general rule, an object is considered to be an antique if it is more than 100 years old. But as an exception, things like cars and bikes are considered as classics even if they are less than 100 years old. The specialty of antiques lies in its craftsmanship and design.
The act of purchasing, identifying and bargaining for antiques is called Antiquing. People buy antique for a host of reasons. It may be bought for business purposes, personal use or as a special gift. However, the term antiquing denotes another meaning as well. The act of people trying to customize a normal object to look like an antique is also called Antiquing. These days, such fraudulent are more prevalent. Therefore, one needs to gather adequate information and knowledge about these highly priced items before purchasing them.
Antiques are available for sales at old stores. One popular place where you can find oodles of antiques in the US is the Smithsonian museum which is located at Washington. Usually, an antique store or a museum requires high protection and security from theft and accidents. It’s for this reason that they employ reliable security system. These days, security systems like the ADT Security System are becoming more popular among the business people. Antiques can be purchased from various antique dealers. Some are also being auctioned through online websites. Some antiques are considered to be more sought-after than others and this difference in likeliness solely depends on the interest of the individual. If you wonder what makes these old collections so expensive, then the reason is simple. It’s primarily due to its rarity, age and material. As a matter of fact, would you have imagined in the wildest of your dreams that an antique Levi’s jeans pant was successfully bid for $ 35,000 in an auction held at Nevada a few years back?
As Ralph Emerson once quoted, “Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.” No doubt, antiques have a universal appeal.
Whether you buy antiques for their preciousness or beauty or simply because you love to showcase them, you need to keep a few things in mind. Antiques are usually seen in natural and original colors and peculiar designs. They also have unusual shape and size which is very different from the artificial things that we use today. Be it a simple silver spoon used for stuffing a turkey or goose or tea sets or porcelain dishes, the antiques just stand out from the present items.
When you examine an antique make sure that the elements of the piece blends in perfect harmony with each other. Authenticity is another important factor that you should bear in mind. For example, an antique signed by Tiffany is more valued than another that is not signed. However, you need to make sure that the signature is original and not fake. Make sure that the texture, color and style of the item is unique and makes sense. Most important, you need to ascertain that the item that you want to purchase is in good condition. You wouldn’t want to buy something that is going to break soon!
The most common terms used to evaluate the condition of antiques are:
Mini condition: This means the antique is in perfect condition.
Excellent condition: This implies that the antique may carry minor flaws.
Good condition: This means the piece has endured a few beatings in the past
While examining the item to be purchased, you can also check for flaws like scratches, cracks, fractures, breaks, any missing parts, discoloration, and gouges.
When you find that your antique meets all the above criteria you may well go ahead and purchase them and add to your historic collection.
As a general advice, I’d suggest it’s wise to pay a visit to a museum and take a close look at the antiques over there, just to get a fair idea of how an original piece looks like and how it’s different from the ones that we use.