Collecting Antiques: Protect Your Investment

Collect antiques and dealing in them can be a profitable hobby or pastime. Basic tips on how you can avoid getting ripped off.

There are a countless number of antiques which can be found around the world. The list includes furniture, glassware, dishes, books, jewelry, tractors, cars, clothing, toys, phonographs, musical instruments, pictures, table lamps, silverware, etc. You might even have an antique in your attic that's simply collecting dust. If you think you do, then how can you tell if it is real?

Just about the only antique that you can easily tell whether or not it is genuine, is an automobile. At least an automobile has some paper work which accompanies it in the form of an owner's title. You can look at the title and immediately find out what year the auto was actually made in. And, fortunately, the people who make fakes or reproductions of antiques and then try to pawn them off for the real thing, has yet to copy an automobile.

Depending on the antique, there are different ways to accurately judge whether it is a genuine article or a fake. Let's take, for example, an antique violin. You have found one at a local antique auction and you are interested in bidding on it. But, how can you tell if it is genuine? You can measure the neck from the strings to the body. This measurement should be between four and three quarters and five and a quarter inches long. Does the violin lay almost flat when placed on a flat surface? Does the violin have a label inside of its body? These are just a few of the questions that you will need to find out in your quest for determining whether-or-not the violin is in fact a genuine instrument.

But, how can you find out the questions that you need to answer concerning other antiques? The most important thing you can and should do is to conduct your own research. Whether you are interested in buying a certain antiquated item, or have an item that you wish to sell, you will need to research the item thoroughly. By researching, you will find the questions and the answers that you need to know, like, is this antique genuine? How many are in existence? What kind of condition is this item considered to be in? Research will also help you to determine what price range the item is worth. The worth will depend upon several factors, including its authenticity, its condition, how many are in circulation, and so forth. Research is really the main key to your success here.

You can also visit antique shops and talk to the owners about pieces that you are interested in. Unfortunately, some dealers will tell you about anything just to get you to buy one of their products, so you will have to be extra careful and not believe everything that you hear. There are some reputable dealers that you can trust, though. Buying some good reference books and checking some out at your local library is another good idea. If you are going to deal in antiques, then you should keep on top of the happenings in the antique world by subscribing to newsletters, antique-related magazines, or joining a local club.

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