Sell Your Antiques
Most people are not sure what qualifies as antique item. General items older than 100 years are called antique. By law antiques are considered to be “works of art (except rugs and carpets made after the year 1700), collections in illustration of the progress of the arts, marble, works in bronze, terra cotta, pottery or porcelain, parian, artistic antiquities, and objects of educational value or ornamental character that exist or shall have been produced prior to the year 1830. An item cannot be called an antique if half of it original composition has been repaired or restored.” Nowadays antique is applied to many items to give them an old character, and communicate that the item has history. You should also not confuse antique and vintage. Items that are between 50 and 100 years old are called vintage. Antique items are largely classified by type, and where they come from. Some of the more popular categories include;
• Decorative arts
• Maritime items
• Dishware and cutlery
Priceless & Rare Antiques
Rare antiques can be worth very high amounts of money up to millions of dollars. Paintings by famous artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci are priceless. Very old antiques are highly sought after for example items from Ancient Egypt or the Roman Empire. Rare precious metal items are always in market as well as crafted items like vases, statues and pendants.
The first step is understanding what you have. If you are not an expert it is probably a good idea to look for someone who has an idea of antiques and it’s worth. Here’s where Tag Jewelers can help you.