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12549, Antiques, Amenia, NY, 18th Century antiques, antique reproduction furniture, traditional to modern antiques, sculpture, ceramics, porcelains, silver, jewelry and more. Apple Antiques - Amenia

845-789-1270 
  Apple Antiques is located at 3316 Route 343 in Amenia, NY 12549 in Dutchess County.

From the owner: "Our location in Amenia, NY has a great mix of old and new, antique and used furniture and furnishings. Open every weekend, we cater to the weekend shoppers and dealers who make us part of their weekly route. A destination for many shoppers, Apple Antiques in Amenia, NY offers something for the collector and for the college student alike." Apple Antiques - Amenia  website and more . . .
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12538, Antiques Center, Hyde Park NY, Dutchess County, Hudson River Valley, Antiques,  antique vendor space, authentic antiques, vintage clothing, collectibles Hyde Park Antiques Center

845-229-8200? 
  The Hyde Park Antiques Center is located at 4192 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park NY 12538, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley. Hyde Park Antiques, with 9,500 square feet of antique vendor space, offers authentic antiques, vintage clothing, collectibles, and home decor. Hyde Park Antiques Center  website and more . . .
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12545, Antique Center, MAC, quality antiques, period furniture, china, crystal, old maps, books, linens, dolls, paintings, estate jewelry, coins, antique dolls, international sterling silver, rugs, vintage clothing, depression era glass, about antiques Millbrook Antique Center - MAC

845-677-3921 
  Millbrook Antique Center, MAC, is located at 3283 Franklin Ave (Route 44), Millbrook NY 12545, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. The Antique Center offers 6,000 square feet of quality antiques including period furniture, china, crystal, old maps, books, linens, dolls, paintings, estate jewelry and coins. The Center also offers antique dolls, international sterling silver, rugs, vintage clothing, depression era glass . . . Press blue button for more about antiques at Millbrook Antique Center. Millbrook Antique Center - MAC  website and more . . .

12545, Antiques Mall, MAM,  Antiques, fine Antiques Mall, 18th and 19th century European and American furniture and collectibles, antique shopping, restaurants in Dutchess County, Millbrook NY, Dutchess County, mid-Hudson Valley Millbrook Antiques Mall - MAM

845-677-9311 
  Millbrook Antiques Mall, MAM, is located at 3301 Franklin Ave, Millbrook, NY 12545 in Dutchess County. Millbrook Antiques, in the heart of the mid-Hudson Valley, offers a fine Antiques Mall with over 40 shops under one roof. We have been established for over 20 years and specialize in 18th and 19th century European and American furniture and collectibles. Millbrook Antiques Mall - MAM  website and more . . .
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 Millerton Antique Shopping | Antique Stores

12546, antique store, Millerton NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, American country,  industrial pieces, mid-century design classics, quirky folk art. Hunter Bee

518-789-2127 
  Hunter Bee, an antique store, is located at 21 Main Street, Millerton NY 12546, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Hunter Bee features American country and industrial pieces to mid-century design classics with quirky folk art. Hunter Bee  more . . .

12546, Antiques, Used Furniture, Antique, Used Furniture New Furniture, Upholstery, Garden Center, Millerton NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley Johnson's Antiques & Used Furniture

518-789-3848 
  Johnson's Antiques & Used Furniture is located at 5938 Route 22 North, Millerton NY 12546, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Johnson's Antiques has over 12,000 square feet of showroom consisting of Antique and Used Furniture as well as New Furniture, Upholstery and a Garden Center. Johnson's Antiques & Used Furniture  website and more . . .

12546, Antique Center, antique dealers consignors, Millerton NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley Millerton Antique Center

518-789-6004 
  Millerton Antique Center is located at 25 Main Street, Millerton NY 12546, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Millerton Antique Center offers over 40 antique dealers and consignors. Millerton Antique Center  more . . .

12546, historic village of Millerton, historic village, Millerton NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, collection of home furnishing and designs, old meets new, number one small town in New England Nest

518-789-6378? 
  Nest is located at 32 Main Street, Millerton NY 12546, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Nest offers a unique collection of home furnishing and designs - where old meets new in our store and everything is priced to sell. Nest  more . . .

12546, Antique Restorers, furniture restoration, New York City, restoration, conservation, fine furniture, French polishing, Reconditioning existing finishes, Gilding & frame repair, Faux finishes, Hudson Valley, Millerton  NY, Dutchess County Rosini Antique Restorers

518-789-3582 
  Rosini Antique Restorers is located at 6126 Route 22, Millerton NY 12546, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Rosini Antique Restorers has been providing furniture restoration services throughout the tri-state area of NY, CT, MA, and New York City for over 25 years. Rosini Antique Restorers  website and more . . .
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 Pine Plains Antique Shopping | Antique Stores

12567, Antique, Antique & Vintage Woods, Pine Plains NY 12567, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, Antique & Vintage Woods of America (AVW), restoring and reselling reclaimed building materials, barns and buildings over 100 years old Antique & Vintage Woods of America

845-848-3040 
  Antique & Vintage Woods of America is located at 2818 West Church Street (Route 199), Pine Plains NY 12567 in Dutchess County.

From Antique & Vintage Woods: "Antique & Vintage Woods of America (AVW), nestled in the historic Hudson Valley in New York State, is a premier supplier of antique and vintage reclaimed wood and reclaimed lumber for custom wood flooring and antique wood beams. Dedicated to the “Green Earth Concept”, our major goal is to salvage and reclaim wood and brick building materials from old factories, mushroom facilities, old buildings and dismantled barns and incorporate them into new and restorative construction. With 2 million BF of inventory, we can supply projects of over 30,000 SF. Antique & Vintage Woods can work with you to create custom wood countertops, cabinets, Wide Plank Flooring, and other custom milled, reclaimed wood products. Let our AVW representative consult with you, your contractor, your architect or your designer to bring your vision of your new home to an exceptional reality." Antique & Vintage Woods of America  website and more . . .

12567, Antiquities, Interior Design, Pine Plains NY, Dutchess County, Hudson River Valley, renovated,town of Pine Plains, eclectic mix, European 18th, 19th, 20th century antique furnishings, antique accessories, antiques Balsamo Antiquités and Interior Design

518-398-9066 
  Balsamo Antiquities and Interior Design is located at 3007 Church Street (Route 199), Pine Plains NY 12567, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley. Housed in a renovated 1837 church in the bucolic town of Pine Plains, Balsamo offers an eclectic mix of European 18th, 19th, and 20th century antique furnishings and accessories for the home and garden. Press blue button for more about Balsamo's antiques. Balsamo Antiquités and Interior Design  website and more . . .

12567, Barn, Pine Plains NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, furniture, lighting, antiques, kitchenware, rugs, bedding, kids toys, books Hammertown Barn

518-398-7075 
  Hammertown Barn is located at 3201 Route 199, Pine Plains NY 12567, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Hammertown features furniture as well as lighting, antiques, kitchenware, rugs, bedding, kids toys, books, and more. Hammertown Barn  more . . .

12567, Hudson Valley, custom metalsmithing shop, art and furniture for designers, architects, homeowners, blacksmiths, recyclers, vintage parts, Pine Plains NY, Dutchess County Stissing Design

518-398-0100 
  Stissing Design is located in Pine Plains NY 12567, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Owned and operated by Tim Jones, Stissing Design is a custom metalsmithing shop in Pine Plains. Tim Creates art and furniture for designers, architects, and homeowners. " . . . blacksmiths were some of the first true recyclers, and in this world of so much waste, that at least brings a small smile. You will notice many found and vintage parts incorporated in my designs." Press blue button for more about Stissing Design. Stissing Design  website and more . . .
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 Red Hook Antique Shopping | Antique Stores

12571, Antiques Center, Red Hook NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley Annex Antiques Center

845-758-2843 
  Annex Antiques Center is located at 23 East Market Street, Red Hook NY 12571, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Annex Antiques Center  more . . .

12571, Antiques, Red Hook NY, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley, yellow ware, folk art, textiles & quilts, furniture, baskets, country smalls Cider Mill Antiques

845-389-0119 
  Cider Mill Antiques is located at 5 Cherry Street, Red Hook NY 12571, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Cider Mill offers yellow ware, folk art, textiles & quilts, furniture, baskets, country smalls, and more. Cider Mill Antiques  website and more . . .

12571, Antiques, Red Hook NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, large collections, 18th through 20th century Americana, Folk, Primitive, Industrial, Decorative, Fine Arts East Market Street Antiques

845-758-9000 
  East Market Street Antiques is located at 25 East Market Street, Red Hook NY 12571, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. East market specializes in unique, large collections of 18th through 20th century Americana, Folk, Primitive, Industrial, Decorative and Fine Arts. East Market Street Antiques  website and more . . .

12571, Country Store, antiques, Red Hook NY, Dutchess County, mid-Hudson Valley, antiques, salvage, home and garden decor, antique industrial, Eames era antiques, early American and primitives. Wiltsie Bridge Country Store

845-876-4001 
  Wiltsie Bridge Country Store, antiques and more, is located at 775 Route 199, Red Hook NY12571, Dutchess County in the mid-Hudson Valley. Wiltsie Bridge Country Store offers antiques, salvage home and garden decor, antique industrial, Eames era antiques, early American and primitives. Wiltsie Bridge Country Store  website and more . . .
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 Rhinebeck Antique Shopping | Antique Stores

12572, Antique Rhinebeck NY, Dutchess County in the mid-Hudson Valley, multi-dealer antique emporium Antique Market at Beekman Arms

845-876-3477 
  Antique Market is located at 6387 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572, Dutchess County in the mid-Hudson Valley. The Antique Market, behind the Beekman Arms in a classic red barn, is a multi-dealer antique emporium. Antique Market at Beekman Arms  website and more . . .

12572, Antiques, imported antique furniture and accessories, antique lovers, period oak and Georgian mahogany, authentic reproductions, antiques and reproductions, Rhinebeck NY, Dutchess County, Hudson River Valley, historic Rhinebeck house Asher House Antiques

845-876-1794 
  Asher House Antiques is located at 6380 Mill Street, Route 9, Rhinebeck NY 12572, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley. "Asher House Antiques is the Hudson Valley’s premier resource for imported antique furniture and accessories . . . Inside our historic Rhinebeck house, antique lovers can find period oak and Georgian mahogany pieces to early 20th century and, when the originals run scarce, expert and authentic reproductions." Asher House Antiques  website and more . . .

Barn, unique pieces, home and garden, home furnishings, antiques, outdoor furniture, garden décor, lighting, housewares, glassware, ceramics, linens, jewelry, handbag collection, antique, Danish Modern, Deco, Mid-Century Modern Barn at Sundial Farm, LLC, The

917-748-6058 
  The Barn at Sundial Farm is unique in its offerings and location! We’re located in the heart of Westchester County, and pride ourselves in providing unique pieces for your home and garden; as advertised: “Remarkable” home furnishings, antiques, outdoor furniture and garden décor, lighting, housewares, glassware and ceramics. We feature a wide selection of pieces from virtually every era, including antique, Danish Modern, Deco, Mid-Century Modern, retro, Phoenix, Eames, ‘50’s, ‘60’s, Atomic, et al. Barn at Sundial Farm, LLC, The  website and more . . .

12572, Gallery, Rhinebeck NY 12572, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley, unique art, contemporary Asian artists, traditional art of Tibet and Nepal, fine art, photography, traditional art,  Gallery Lodoe in Rhinebeck Gallery Lodoe

845-876-6331 
  Gallery Lodoe is located at 6400 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley. Gallery Lodoe presents unique art, and artful things, from throughout Asia. Each item has been hand-picked by owner and photographer Jamyang Lodoe . . . Both our permanent collection and our exhibits feature up and coming contemporary Asian artists, as well as the stunning traditional art of Tibet and Nepal. Press blue button for fine art, photography, traditional art, and more about Gallery Lodoe in Rhinebeck. Gallery Lodoe  website and more . . .

12572, Antiques, historic Rhinebeck, antique decorative accessories, Black Forest carvings, inkwells, tea caddies, boxes and picture frames, 19th and 20th century fine art, Georgian and Victorian jewelry, Rhinebeck NY, Dutchess County, Hudson River Valley Portly Pug Antiques

845-876-6896 
  Portly Pug Antiques is located at 11 West Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley. Portly Pug, in the heart of historic Rhinebeck, offers antique decorative accessories, including Black Forest carvings, inkwells, tea caddies, boxes and picture frames, 19th and 20th century fine art, Georgian and Victorian jewelry, and more. Portly Pug Antiques  website and more . . .

Rhinebeck, Antiques Fair, Dutchess Valley County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck NY, Antiques Fair, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Dutchess County, Hudson River Valley Rhinebeck Antiques Fair

845-876-1989 
  The Rhinebeck Antiques Fair is located on Route 9 at the Dutchess Valley County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck NY in Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley. This very popular Antiques Fair has been running for over 30 years and offers a summer show and a fall show. The show is held entirely indoors on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds; free parking, extensive food court, and on-site delivery service available. Rhinebeck Antiques Fair  website and more . . .
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12580, Rhinebeck Antiques, Staatsburg, NY, European and American antiques, furniture, collections of antique and costume jewelry, silver, porcelain, paintings, oriental rugs, tapestries Rhinebeck Antiques Emporium - History's Attic

845-876-8168 
  The Rhinebeck Antiques Emporium is located at 5229 Albany Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Rhinebeck Antiques provides impressive and highly diversified European and American antiques including a variety of furniture, along with individual items and collections of antique and costume jewelry, silver, porcelain, paintings, oriental rugs and tapestries. Rhinebeck Antiques Emporium - History's Attic  website and more . . .
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12581, Antiques Centre, antique dealers, Stanfordville NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley Ole Carousel Antiques Centre

845-868-1586 
  Ole Carousel Antiques Centre, with over 30 in-house antique dealers in an 8500 square feet space, is located at 6208 Route 82, Stanfordville NY 12581, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Ole Carousel Antiques Centre  website and more . . .
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12590, Wappingers Falls, NY, Dutchess County, antiques and collectibles, furniture reupholstery, historical restoration & preservation, specialties Finisher's Touch

845-298-8882 
  Finisher's Touch is located at 783 Old Route 9N, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 in Dutchess County. Finisher's Touch offers antiques and collectibles, furniture reupholstery, historical restoration & preservation, and more specialties. Finisher's Touch  more . . .

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Visiting Dutchess County? Find list of antique stores and antique districts in Rhinebeck, NY. Looking for antiques? Shop for antiques in Rhinebeck, Millbrook, Millerton, etc. Visit the antique districts of these quaint villages and find antique stores, dealers, and a wide range of antiques covering decorative objects, furniture, lighting, and more from the 17th century to the 20th century. Enjoy searching for that one of a kind antique armoire, vase, chair, or lighting fixture offered by the antique stores and antique dealers in Dutchess County.

If you are planning to visit Dutchess, in the Hudson Valley of New York, be sure to visit the antique shops and antique malls in the small towns and villages of Dutchess County. Visit antique markets in Rhinebeck, antique dealers in Pine Plains, antique shops in Millerton, and antique stores in Red Hook,

When you're ready for tea, visit Harney & Sons, a tea tasting room, tea lounge, and tea shop in Millerton.

The Rhinebeck Antiques Fair is a fabulous venue for antiques and crafts from around the country. If you are looking for antiques and/or crafts, be sure to visit the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair, located on Route 9 at the Dutchess Valley County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck New York. This very popular Antiques and crafts show has been running for over 30 years and offers a summer and fall show. The antiques fair is held entirely indoors on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.

Browse the antique shops in the charming villages and towns in Dutchess County, New York. Enjoy the thrill of antique hunting and add antiquing in Dutchess County to your itinerary. Browse the antique stores in Millbrook, where you can stop for a cappuccino or fresh baked goods in Tazza Cafe. Check out the antiques shops in Red Hook or go antiquing in Stanfordville.

Take a scenic drive from New York City to the historic Village of Rhinebeck where you can visit the Antique Market at Beekman Arms, or one of many antique shops around this charming town. And be sure to plan a trip to the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair where a great selection of antiques and hand-made crafts are available.

Before buying that next piece of antique furniture, or getting an appraisal on an antique, from one of the many antique dealers in New York, read "What is an Antique". The more you learn and understand about antiques, the more fun you can have talking to antique dealers while searching the antique shops.

What is an Antique?
In 1930 the U.S. Government ruled that objects had to be at least one 100 years old to be classified as antiques, so they could be admitted duty free into the U.S. This was a legislative tax decision. Since then, antiques have often been defined as objects made before 1830.

In Europe, items as recent as that seem quite young. In contrast with a classic Roman head, an 18th-century chair is modern. Antique shops in European cities are often called "antiquities" shops. Except for Indian relics and a few Spanish buildings in the Southwest, the oldest American antiques are but 300 years old.

Americans experience the same contrast in their shops. To a New Englander who knows the pine furniture of Pilgrim days, a Victorian sofa doesn't seem antique. But in Nebraska or Oregon it does, because it represents the earliest furnishings in the region. The age of antiques seems to vary in relation to their environment. And so the perception of "What is antique?" changes from region to region and one part of the world to another.

Americans often count among their antiques items made by machine as well as those wrought by hand. Most of these are later than 1830. Circa 1830, may serve as a dividing line between the age of craftsmanship and the machine age.

A cup without a handle but with two saucers, a salt crock to hang on a kitchen wall, a cream pitcher in the form of a cow with luster spots over its white pottery body, an amber bottle shaped like a fish - all these were useful and probably treasured possessions in homes 85 to 150 years ago. Today, eyebrows would be raised if tea were served in a cup without a handle, and the salt crock would be considered unsanitary. Their value lies in their being antiques. As such, they are as genuine as the brass lantern with beveled glass sides that hangs in the hall of the Governor's Palace, restored to its eighteenth-century splendor, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Antiques command more attention today than they ever have. Nothing that was of personal or household use during the last 300 years is too minor for consideration in this century. Yet hundreds of simple everyday articles that once were indispensable now are left to gather dust or are unrecognized for what they are.

An antique, according to the dictionary, is "a piece of furniture, tableware or the like, made at a much earlier period than the present." It is not, however, necessarily out-of-date or old fashioned. A chair that was built soundly from good hardwood around 1820 and is comfortable to sit on is never out-of-date. How many years old must a chair, a plate, a trivet, a fan, or a clock be to warrant its being called an antique without anyone's arguing the point? Some people insist on a precise number of years, such as 80 or 100. The 80-year span is justified on the basis of two generations, each one covering 40 years. Yet a watch that is only 75 years old is likely to look old-fashioned, and so perhaps it also is an antique. Certainly anything that is 100 years old deserves the label.

An official definition of an antique is stated in the Tariff Act of 1930. According to Paragraph 1811 of that Act, antiques are "works of art (except rugs and carpets made after the year 1700), collections in illustration of the progress of the arts, works in bronze, marble, terra cotta, parian, pottery or porcelain, artistic antiquities and objects of ornamental character or educational value which shall have been produced prior to the year 1830."

This statement is clear in its application to imports and the payment of duty on them. But the year 1830 is more than an arbitrary date in the classification of American antiques. It was about this time that mass production and factory manufacture began to displace the making of individual pieces entirely by hand. Glass began to be pressed into forms by machine instead of being hand-blown. Chairs were the first piece of furniture to which assembly line methods were applied. Although the cabinetmaker, the glassblower, the blacksmith, and other craftsmen were not put out of business immediately, each succeeding decade brought an increase in mass manufacturing.

The fact that a chair or table was made by a cabinetmaker before 1830 does not necessarily make it a more valuable antique than one made thereafter. All the cabinetmakers in any period were not equally skillful; many of them turned out mediocre pieces. But in every craft that contributed to daily living, some workmen produced wares that made their names famous.

The painted side chair with stencil decoration and rush seat was produced in quantity and sold cheaply during the 1820's because Lambert Hitchcock turned his Connecticut workroom into a factory where the parts were cut and turned, assembled, and then decorated, so that many more chairs were completed in a day than if a workman had concentrated on one from start to finish. The Hitchcock chair now is as undeniably an antique as a mahogany fiddle-back Empire chair or a Chippendale ladder-back made many years earlier by cabinetmakers. So also are a steeple clock of the 1860's, a pressed glass lamp that burned whale oil during the 1840's or a brass student lamp that burned kerosene in the 1880's, and the cut glass wedding presents of the 1890's.

The quest for antiques can be as successful in one region of the country as another. In the Southwest, the oldest traditions and antiques are Spanish in origin, although people there share with the rest of the United States a rich Victorian background. Louisiana is one of several notable areas in the United States and Canada where the influence was primarily French. In the Northwest and in the north central states, descendants of Scandinavian settlers are proud of handsome carved bedsteads and equally handsome household linens.

Except for small districts where certain nationalities tended to settle during the nineteenth century, the eastern, southeastern, and midwestern states reflect in their antiques a predominantly English influence. Household and family goods brought to this country, imported during Colonial days, and later produced here in great quantity followed trends and living habits established in England. The Orient also placed its stamp on eastern towns that thrived as seaports in the late 1700's and much of the 1800's, just as it did on England. To such centers as Salem and New Bedford, Massachusetts, Baltimore, Maryland, and Norfolk, Virginia, came Canton tableware, Kashmir shawls, teakwood chests and tables.

Not a day goes by but that someone in the United States glances at some object and fails to recognize it as an antique.Many homely things are packed away in trunks, chests, and cupboards or are gathering dust in attics and cellars. Clearing out a house in which one family has lived for a long time or disposing of the possessions of an elderly relative is almost certain to be rewarded with the discovery of some antiques. Few of the articles may be of museum quality. Some will have greater sentimental or nostalgic than monetary value. However, not even the stacks of magazines, the scrapbooks put together 75 or more years ago, or the clutter of dusty bottles should be tossed aside for the trash collector. At the very least, publications and clippings represent valuable research material for people in many fields of work today. If there's time to go through them, you may find one issue of a magazine, a lithograph in a scrapbook, or a historical flask among the old canning jars and milk bottles that will bring hard cash in the antique market.

It is a fact that any antique you come across that has no appeal for you or suggests no use to you is likely to be a treasure to someone else, who will gladly pay for it. Ten to one, the person who buys is a collector. The really zealous collector is the one who specializes. Preferences range from such popular things as pressed glass, some type of pottery, clocks, lamps, coins, coin banks, bottles, souvenir spoons, and guns to oddments such as butter pats, hatpin-holders, mustache cups, cut glass knife rests, and toothpicks.

Many collectors, including those who buy relatively inexpensive items such as hatpin-holders, gradually assemble a group that becomes valuable in terms of money. In contrast, there are people who literally buy antiques as an investment which they expect to increase in value. Such things as authentic Queen Anne and Philadelphia Chippendale furniture made here during the 1700's, Meissen figurines, and Lowestoft china are currently expensive examples of sound investments. Less costly now, but almost certain to increase in value during the next twenty years, are furniture made between 1785 and 1820, eighteenth and early nineteenth century brass, early nineteenth century china, Tiffany glass, and probably - cut glass.

People with money to invest seldom buy without the advice of a reliable antique dealer. Collectors, both those who rely on an expert and those who do not, are bound eventually to learn a good deal about their field and most of them become shrewd buyers. In self-defense, therefore, a person who owns or finds antiques must learn something about them before offering them for sale. It is not enough to be halfway convinced that the iridescent, marigold-hued glass bowl that you've kept in the cupboard because it came from home, but have never liked or used, is carnival or taffeta glass. When you attempt to make certain that it is, you undoubtedly will hear that there is at present a brisk market for this glass, which is hardly old enough yet to be antique.

Carnival glass does not have the name of the manufacturer or the butcher who gave it away worked in with the design, nor does any pressed glass that was obtained as a premium. Many other things displaying the name of the manufacturer or merchant that were given away between 1850 and 1900 are worth money today. If you find any fans, spoons, calendars, paper dolls (printing on the backs), a bootjack, or tin containers emblazoned with firm or trade names, they need not be discarded as trash.

Anyone who is in a hurry to sell the antiques found in an old house is probably wise to ask a reliable dealer to come in and look them over. He may be willing to handle the sale of some or all of them on the usual commission basis. Or, for a small fee, he may merely advise on the value and salability of the entire lot. Remember, antique dealers have customers, whereas you must find an interested buyer before you can dispose of anything, however rare, odd, or valuable it may seem.

If selling is not urgent, there are several ways a person can learn to recognize and, eventually, evaluate an antique. Visits to antique shops and occasional attendance at an auction in a city gallery or on a rural green are means of learning what is being offered for sale, what people are buying, and what prices are being paid.

Visiting restorations show how people lived - they are full of everyday things. More than one restoration visitor has been reminded of a nineteenth-century duplicate consigned to a cupboard at home as too ordinary to be considered an antique but too good to throw away. Fully as enlightening are the specialized exhibits at the Clock Museum in Bristol, Connecticut, the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, the Maritime Museum in San Francisco. California, and Henry Ford Museum and Dearborn Village in Dearborn, Michigan, to mention only a few.

Books are perhaps the easiest way to sharpen recognition and aid in the identification of antiques. There also are books on subjects as specific as milk glass, paperweights, and pewter.

Once an antique has been identified, its characteristics will have to be evaluated. Its approximate age, workmanship, the quality of the materials, present condition, and rarity all have a hearing on both its intrinsic and market values. Repair or restoration may downgrade an antique. A piece of pressed glass that can be authenticated as having been made at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company's factory in Sandwich, Massachusetts, is to be prized or sold for a good price. However, many excellent as well as beautiful pieces came from factories elsewhere in New England and in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Owners often carelessly fool themselves into believing that an antique is older than it actually is. The Queen Anne style in furniture, for example, was made everywhere in America between 1725 and 1750. Its distinguishing details continued to be followed, particularly in rural areas, for many years after other styles had come into fashion. Thus, a tea table made in New Hampshire in the early 1800's may well have some distinctly Queen Anne characteristics.

There is a tendency also among owners who are not familiar with the antique market to set an inflated valuation on anything they wish to sell. Pride and sentiment have nothing to do with selling prices. The appraised value of an antique, stated after careful examination by a qualified expert, may well be higher than current market value. In antiques as in everything else, the selling price is determined by supply and demand. Pressed glass brings much higher prices now than it did thirty years ago when collecting it first became popular.

Every year adds both prestige and value to nineteenth-century antiques. It will take longer, because more of everything was made during the 1800's, but sooner or later the number of nineteenth-century pieces will be reduced just as eighteenth-century antiques have been-by collectors and investors. Add those who enjoy living with antiques. The increasing number of folk museums and restorations is another drain, for such places may sell reproductions but not authentic pieces. If not this week, then some day, the Double Nine-Patch quilt hand stitched about 1810 and other equally unpretentious furnishings and belongings are certain to rank as important inheritances. A second look at utensils from a nineteenth-century kitchen may prove them to be as worthwhile from an antique standpoint as the parlor furniture.

Article from Old and Sold, Antiques Auction & Marketplace.




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