Collecting antique furniture can be a very satisfying hobby. The term antique refers to a collectable item that is at least 100 years old. The antique being collected usually shows some degree of craftmanship, and is desirable for a range of reasons including its rarity, beauty, and age.
Wikipedia has a great page on antiques so be sure to check it out!
When the pieces are carefully selected, preserved, and cared for, antique furniture can be a great investment. Even more so if the items you have collected are rare, or unique.
Unlike modern or commodity furniture, rare antique furniture generally holds its value very well, and can even rise in value, preserving or increasing the money you invested. And along the way, you get great enjoyment from your furniture too!
It is important that you have an good knowledge of the pieces that you are planning to buy, whatever your purpose for collecting, be it as an ivestment, to enjoy it, or both!
If you are a new collector, it is a good strategy to concentrate on one specific era or class of antique furniture to begin with, so that it will be easier for you to develop expertise in the field. It is also a good idea to consult with experts to grow your knowledge.
Caring for Antique Furniture
To retain the value of your antique furniture, proper care is required. You will find great tips on our care page.
Transporting Antique Furniture
When moving antique furniture, say from an auction house, unless the item is easily moved by one person, it is often advisable to use a professional transport company who specialise in moving antique furniture. You will find more information on our transport page.