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An English carpenter once told me when checking the quality of antique, look at all the unseen spaces. Like the insides of drawers, the back of an upright bookcase, the hardware that cannot be seen from the outside. He told me those areas often use "less pretty" woods and hardware, but even if not aesthetically pretty, the materials can still be high quality. And sometimes you find a really pretty piece of wood or a brass fixture as pretty as the front drawer handles. He called these…Continue
Posted on June 18, 2012 at 10:25am
It's all the Antiques Roadshow's fault. I'm often asked by shop patrons or people at shows "How much is this worth?" I don't mind the question as it usually leads to an interesting discussion with a new antiquing friend, some of whom become customers.
Everyone has something that used to be great-grandfather's and they want to know how much its worth. Other people seek out and collect something specific, like carnival glass, flow blue pottery, clocks, steamer trunks, etc.…Continue
Posted on April 24, 2012 at 11:01pm
The more I interact with other dealers and collectors, I find there is even more to learn about the china and pottery I sell and collect. Members of this site have taught me by sharing bits and pieces of information, through direct interaction and by reading all of your posts, questions and answers.
Our experiences shape our knowledge and what we know about what we collect and sell. And everyone's experiences are different. I spent a few years in England, listening to people…Continue
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