Articles & Guides

Cleaning Antique Paintings

“Restoration” of paintings is a subject surrounded with considerable mystery. It is true that in the hands of an experienced restorer and with modern facilities, some remarkable jobs of restoration have been done, and if the painting warrants, it is a good idea to get the best talent to Read more

5 Tips to Avoid Damaging Your Antiques

You’ve bought a great antique. Now what? Here’s what you need to know to avoid damaging your newfound treasures.
1. Ignoring Effects of Relative Humidity
Today’s central heating wreaks havoc on antiques. It’s the fluctuations in relative humidity caused by central heating that results in real damage.
Wood responds to relative humidity Read more

Buying on eBay

Bidding on eBay is essentially the same as any other auction. You place your bid and can keep on bidding against others until the end of the auction, hoping yours is the winning bid. However, the fact that it’s online means there are a number of differences from in-person Read more

Buying From China

Most antiques offered for sale from within China are fakes or copies.
The same can apply to things like usb memory sticks. Antiques are reproduced by the boatload and usb memory pens are formatted to tell lies. A 128 Mb stick can be formatted to indicate that it is perhaps 1Gb.
Off and Read more

Buying Antique Books

There are a few basics to learn before getting started. It is vital to do prior research otherwise a lot of time and money could be lost. After all, why buy antique books if they are not truly valuable? That is the entire point of antiquing.
Steps on How to Read more

Authenticating Antique Furniture

Furniture can be dated by studying nails and screws. Furniture predating 1790 will include “rose-head nails,” that were hand-forged by blacksmiths. These nails can be identified by their irregular, rose-shaped heads. “Square-head nails,” employed from 1790 to 1830, were machine cut and finished off by a blacksmith who squared Read more

Antique Rhino Horn

The Rules on Antique Rhino Horn
MOST antiques that include the parts and derivatives of endangered species enjoy an exemption from CITES controls known as the “worked item” derogation.
This states that an item shall be exempt from the normal sales controls if it was acquired prior to June 1947 and Read more

Antique Marks and What They Tell You

The markings that are stamped, painted or impressed on the underside of most antique items can help you tell a great deal about a piece other than just who made it.
Watching the experts at antique roadshows or on auction house valuation days, you probably wonder just how they get so Read more

Antique Collectors Guide

Something for Everyone
It is a fact that there are almost as many types of buyers as there are likely to be lots for sale at an auction for antiques or collectibles. However, buyers can be broadly broken down into three distinctive segments: the private buyer, representatives of Read more