you would like to know the antique value of an item you own or intend to purchase?
Please be sure to read about the factors that influence the value of antiques.
There are several methods available to arrive at the value of antiques.
The simplest you can do is to look for an expert valuer or appraiser in your area or online, and have him/her do an appraisal against a fee. The appraiser will then authenticate your item and research its value for you.
If this method is chosen, the appraiser should be carefully selected: for clarifying the antique value of oriental ceramics only an appraiser with experience in Asian ceramics will do.
a paid appraisal or valuation to establish the antique value of an item is not the way to go,
at least not before you have a basic idea what
you possibly have. Many people own items that are vintage
or more recently made, which may be beautiful, but which do not have
significant value in themselves. Other items are very old but have little value.
A preliminary idea of the value of antiques can be obtained by one of the following methods, before you decide whether or not to go for a paid antique appraisal.
|You can check published Antique Price Guides or searchable price databases for determining the value of antiques yourself. |
If you already know what you have you can use one of the methods mentioned below.
There is a way to get an approximate idea of an
antique's worth yourself, but first you need to identify the antique
and determine what exactly you have.
If you already know what you have, skip to step 2. There is a number of web sites available where you can research the value yourself, either for a moderate fee or for free.
method you choose, please be aware that if your item seems to be fairly
valuable it is always better to seek a second opinion and perhaps spend
some money on fees just to make sure you don't sell your item too low.
Value of Antiques