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.
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.
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:
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