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How to find and buy quality antique furniture

There is nothing quite like owning genuine antiques to add a special touch to the décor of your home.  Whether you collect examples of antique furniture or antique art posters, their age exudes an atmosphere that complements any design scheme, from the ultra modern to the ultra conservative.

Theoretically, antiques are defined as being any objects that are at least 100 years old – furniture, machinery or even vintage art deco posters.  However, in recent years, the term “antiques” has also begun to be used for artifacts that may even be only 30 -40 years old such as toys from the 1950’s or 1960’s, vinyl records by the Beatles or the Rolling Stones and even Poole Pottery or Wickford Glass produced but a few decades ago.

Finding genuine antique furniture

 We live in a digital age; eBay, Amazon and numerous on-line sites that advertise a vast range of merchandise for sale.  Many sites also offer antiques such as furniture, art deco posters or art posters for sale and at remarkably reasonable prices.  The problem is that you have no way of examining the items or of verifying their age and authenticity.  So if you buy antiques on-line, you run a very real risk of buying what can, at the best, be a very good reproduction and at worst, a complete rip off.

Buy from reputable antiques dealers and auction houses

The first, second and foremost rule when buying antiques whether on-line or in person is to buy only from reputable antiques dealers and auction houses.  If you specialize in movie star memorabilia or vintage art deco posters, then buy from dealers that specialize in such items.  A dealer has a lot to lose by selling fake goods.  His success depends on his reputation and he will make no small effort to ensure that his items, furniture, art posters, memorabilia are verified genuine.

If in doubt, get a second opinion

When buying your antiques, if you have any doubts about a particular piece, ask the dealer or auction house if you can bring in your own expert for a second opinion.  If you are buying a vintage art poster for a couple of hundred dollars or the hat worn by a B-movie western cowboy, then the expense of bringing in your own expert may not be worthwhile, but if you are buying a mint condition London Underground art deco poster for thousands of dollars or an antique dresser from the court of Louise the 14th (the Sun King), then getting another, expert opinion is not a bad idea.