Have you recently inherited or purchased an antique or curio item and want to know its value? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of antique and curio items. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your antique or curio item. One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with a fair market and insurance value, typically within 48 hours. Have questions about the valuation provided, or would you like some advice about selling your antique or curio item? We are here to help! Our platform allows you to chat back and forth with a specialist to ensure that all of your questions are answered.
Where can I get an antique appraisal? And find the value of my antiques?
Antiques are highly collectible items, typically of a certain age. Though the two words are often used interchangeably, curio refers to items of curiosity, which may or may not be old. These items tend to be small and are often displayed in curio cabinets. The market has shifted in recent years so that antique and curio items are not quite as valuable as they have been in decades past. Collectors now prefer to decorate their homes in a more contemporary style. However, there is a trend for mixing the old and the new, and the demand for truly outstanding antiques and curio remains strong. In 2017, Christie's set a record for English walnut furniture when they auctioned a gorgeous bureau cabinet made in 1730 for nearly $1 million. Online antique appraisals will delivered to you within 24-48 hours and always provided by an experienced antique appraiser.
Do you need an antique appraisal? If you want to know how much your antiques and curio would sell for at auction today, you've come to the right place! At Mearto, we are experts in antique appraisals. We compare your item with similar items that have recently sold to provide you with its fair market value. Our experts know antiques and curio inside and out and are able to provide you with an estimate within 48 hours. All you have to do is tell us about your piece and submit photographs using our simple online tool. The antique appraisal will be ready within 24-48 hours. Would you like to sell your antiques and curio items? We can help with that, as well. We partner with some of the world's leading auction houses and can help you receive multiple consignment offers with just the click of one button. Our experts provide advice and support every step of the way. Go ahead and submit your item for an antique appraisal now.
How old does something have to be to be considered an antique?
Typically, an antique is any object that is at least 100 years old. However, this range of time is not definitive, as the value of the item has more weight than its actual age. Experts suggest that antiques must be perceived of having value due to historical and aesthetic reasons. For example, the item was used by a well-known historical person or has a history that is in line with a major historical event. Other factors that can add value to an antique object include its condition and rarity. It is also worth pointing out that antique items are those that exhibit some level of craftsmanship. This level of craftsmanship can directly affect the item’s rarity. US Customs is very particular about how the term 'antique' is used. According to the official definition, the item should not have been restored, or restored by less than 50% in order to be considered antique. This is to ensure that the original character and heritage of the item is preserved even after the restoration process.
What should I look for when buying antiques and curio?
Shopping for antiques and curio, also known as 'antiquing' can be a very rewarding hobby, from both an emotional and financial perspective. There is an adrenaline rush that comes with making a big discovery at your local flea market or at a neighborhood garage sale. Bargains can also be found these days at antique dealer galleries and auction houses. The trick is knowing what to look for in an antique item. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Educate yourself. This is the most important thing you need to know when you engage in the trade of antiques. Make sure that you know the history of the particular object that you are eyeing. If you have limited knowledge about its history, you won’t be able to assess the significance of the item, and therefore it's value. How can you educate yourself about antiques? Read! There are numerous books and magazines on the topic of antique collecting. Here are a few resources that we recommend: Antiques Trade Gazette, Art & Antiques, Homes & Antiques.
Shop or sell from reputable shops online. The local antique shop is still a good option for those looking to buy antiques. However, most of the buyers are now opting to go online as they can find more options available (without geographic limitations). Just be careful where you buy or sell - make sure that the shop is reputable and that they are properly certified.
Hire an online appraiser. It is also important to work with a certified antique appraiser online. Not only to determine the fair market value of your item, but also to help you navigate the crazy world of antique buying and selling. You can leverage the knowledge and expertise of the appraiser to help you determine if an item is truly antique or authentic.
Click the "Get Started" button below to set up a free account.
Answer a few simple questions and upload images of your item.
Receive a specialist's valuation by email in 24 to 48 hours.
Get help with the next steps, including consignment and sale.
Mearto offers two opportunities to sell your antique or curio item based on its current fair market value:
Customers with antique or curio item expected to sell for $5,000 or more can take advantage of our complimentary Consignment Concierge service. We will contact leading auction houses on your behalf, collect offers and help you negotiate the terms of a consignment agreement. There is no additional fee or commission for this service.
For customers with antique or curio item valued between $50 and $5,000, Mearto offers an exclusive Marketplace, which is accessed by a number of art, antiques and collectibles dealers around the world. If there is interest in your item, you will be contacted directly with offers through our platform. In the event of a successful sale, Mearto takes a 7% transaction fee.
To learn more about options for selling your antique or curio item through Mearto, please click here.
Lindsey Bourret is the Managing Director at Mearto. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the business, she also enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of the fine art and antiques market with our customers through our website, blog, e-newsletter and social media accounts.