What Advice Would You Give On Looking For Money Values Of Antique Furniture?

What advice would you give on looking for money values of antique furniture? If you are looking for money values of antique furniture, take it to be appraised at a local store or get a dealer to come by and look at it.

The services of a certified appraiser are needed if you have a lot of antique furniture according to Claudia Reese, owner of 2nd Time Around Antique Mall in Twin Falls, Idaho, who has been studying, buying, and selling antiques for two decades. There are many people who call themselves appraisers, but who are not accredited and have no formal training according to the American Society of Appraisers (ASA.) Members of the ASA, the Appraisers Association of America, or the International Society of Appraisers must have years of experience, regularly take educational classes, and follow strict ethical standards. The three organizations mentioned above can help you find a reputable appraiser in your area.


Hire your appraiser as you would any other professional. Ask for a work history. Get references and follow through by checking with them. Make sure you understand all agreements, including costs, and get them in writing. Danger signs include appraisers who make offers to buy or charge a percent of the item's value. Consider having a close member of your family or trusted friend present when the appraiser is in your home.




If you only have a few pieces of smaller furniture, do your homework. Delve into a stack of reference books, surf some websites, and watch a few television shows about antiques. You'll soon pick up some basic information about what is and what isn't valuable. For example, if a piece of furniture has a replaced mirror, it is worth less than the same piece with the original mirror in fair condition. Exceptionally large pieces of furniture are often worth less than smaller pieces because many of today's homes are too small to hold them. Chairs that originally had ornate gilt decorations are worth less if they have been repainted. And sets of eight chairs are more valuable than sets of four or six chairs because they are less common. However, if the set of eight chairs has been collected through several purchases, the set is not worth as much as if they had all been made at the same time in the same factory or shop. Feet or carved columns on a chest of drawers add value. Some furniture is so common that the vast majority of pieces don't have a high value. This includes plain pine blanket chests and Boston rocking chairs.

It's also important to learn when certain styles were made. Queen Anne, the English sovereign from 1702 to 1714, has her name attributed to a popular furniture style even though she had little, if anything, to do with its development. In fact, Queen Anne furniture did not appear until a decade after her death.

The S curve is a distinct characteristic of Queen Anne furniture. Formed with an outward curve of the knee and a tapered, inward curve of the ankle, the cabriole leg was a real change from square furniture legs of earlier styles. This eye-pleasing curve continued up to the chair back. Shells were the favorite carved design and appeared on furniture legs, chair backs, drawers, and on top of cabinets. Surfaces were mostly plain so that the carvings would be the focal point. It's interesting to note than many reproductions of this popular style are now antiques in themselves because they are over 100 years old.

Also, consider taking a few pieces of smaller furniture to an appraisal fair. Check antiques newspapers and magazines to see if any historic homes, libraries, antique shows, or antique malls have an open appraisal scheduled for your area. Local antique shops and malls can help you locate antiques publications with this information. They might also have information about upcoming appraisal events, which are becoming more popular throughout the country since the popular PBS television show Antiques Roadshow has created a great interest in knowing the value of what we have.

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