How can a person recognize antiques?


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An antique will have obvious marks of use, might be aesthetically pleasing and will occasionally be rare. Different antiques have different values and their worth will be determined by what other people are willing to pay for them.

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Most antique pieces of furniture will be marked with a date. Depending on the condition of the piece, pieces that are marked with a specific date will be more valuable than pieces that the age is determined by simple factors such as style. There are some antique pieces of furniture that are more valuable than others simply because there were not many made or not many are left in the world. This factor is called rarity and the more rare an item, the more it will be worth.

Antique pieces must have aesthetic appeal to be considered valuable. They must not be severely damaged, broken or have visible changes made to the original style. Pieces from the 19th century will generally have some damage to them and these styles may be worth more because they are considered more authentic. Pieces from the early 20th century will often be considered less valuable if they are damaged because they are not as old. The demand for the item will also increase the value of the item.

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