On a quest for antiques appraisal, most often the items brought in include old manuscripts, such as signed copies of historical documents, or even very old family bibles. Sadly, not every one of these items ends up being worth a lot or excites antique hunters. Items that are often lying unnoticed often emerge to be a fantastic find during an antiques appraisal. It can be almost comic to explain that the relic turned out to be an old blanket lying unnoticed in the corner of a dusty cupboard, or that the dog bowl is in fact a 19th century piece of Art Pottery following an antiques appraisal visit. Here are two common questions and examples that may throw light on your personal acquisition.
I recently purchased a rocking chair, with a spring mechanism on its base with a “patented 1884” mark on it. However, related documents uncovered from a present day great granddaughter of the owner provide conflicting information about the acquisition date being 1897. Which is the right date?
Patents dates are an indicator of the earliest date since which the item in question has been a unique product of a company. The point of the patent date is to prevent copying of the design for a set period. In this example, the purchase record authenticated through a subsequent owner would be the correct date taken in an antiques appraisal, unless there are any other markings on the chair indicating an earlier year.
I have closely followed many antique websites, and also am a big fan of the antiques road show. I recently purchased a floor vase that I believed to be an antique with a simple red script on it. I have heard that often, authentic, antique china doesn’t have much on it in terms of markings. However, I consulted a dealer who said it was just 10 years old and I’m wondering if I was ripped off by my antiques appraisal expert.
Chinese porcelain is quite a difficult subject to examine for antiques appraisal, so a clearer picture would be obtained once you consult with actual images of the artefact in question. There are many imported varieties of Chinese porcelain dating back to the 1970s which are copies of the original pieces. You might want to get in touch with us, or look at a different opinion to reconfirm the value of the piece you acquired.