(We're only ten minutes from the beautiful North London suburb of Barnet, perfectly located for your antique needs)
Many people buy antiques for their history, character, warmth, and value. Yet it is hard to determine if a piece of antique is going to maintain its value over time. The reality is that you will come across different kinds of Barnet antiques. How will you know when you have a high-value antique before you? We have a few suggestions below.
1. Does It Have Aesthetic Appeal?
(Above photo - Barnet - end of the Northern Line - in North London )
Does the piece of antique furniture you intend to buy have aesthetic appeal? It has nothing to do with your personal taste. Rather, the object should be universally appealing to a wider audience. You will find a lot of aesthetically appealing Barnet antiques, whichever store or auction you visit. Most of these items have been assessed by experts and found to be worthy appearing in an antique shop.
2. Is It Rare?
(Above photo - Barnet antiques - classical busts in our architectural antiques section )
There are various ways you are going to assess if you are dealing with a rare item or not. First, consider whether only a few of the items were made. In that case, the items will be of the highest value. If only a few original pieces remain, then it is another sign that you have rare, valuable items. Also pay attention to rare designs, colors, style, or subject matter. Unusually shaped items may also be highly-valuable due to their rarity.
3. Is the Items Authentic
(Above photo - Decorative arts and interiors for Barnet antiques )
One of the biggest qualities to look for in Barnet antiques is whether the item is an original. You may assess authenticity by considering the time period from which the piece comes. The presence of an artist’s signature or company logo will also help. However, don’t accept a signature to be authentic without first checking it out. Also important is the material from which the item is made. It is a material that was used on the originals? If you do not know how to do this, ask an expert to help you.
4. Do You Find It Desirable?
(Above photo - Quirky interiors for Hertfordshire part of Barnet antiques )
From time to time, the market finds different items desirable. Of course, some items remain desirable forever. However, where there is a fluctuation in desirability, then you need to determine if the item still retains its value. For example, you might find a certain piece of art that has grown in popularity over the years compared to the time when it was created. That will be a highly valuable item.
5. What’s Its Condition?
Lear to assess the condition on the basis of the antique you want to buy. For instance, “mint condition” differs depending on the type of antique you are dealing with. In glassware, it means the absence of breakages, cracks or chips. However, in furniture is means the presence of the original finish without repairs or missing pieces. An items is said to be in excellent condition is it has minor flaws. Thus, an items value will largely depend on its condition at the time of sale.
Now you can confidently walk into any of the antique shops in Barnet and buy whatever items you have with confidence.
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