Human history is filled with certain memories that we cannot afford to forget. Each new generation should understand the importance and significance of the generations that were before them. The best way to do this is to treasure and keep safe every antique that is discovered. Due to the value of our history, antiques are always considered to be very important historical material and they are in turn very valuable. But you can always tell the difference between valuable antiques and a reproduction. You can, however, learn to add value to your antiques.
The following are very easy and proven ways to add value to your antiques. With these steps, you can be sure that your antiques will shoot up in price and you can get more money from them.
It is possible to have a certain article in your hand and not understand exactly what it is, what it means and where it came from. For the sake of its value, you should do all the best you can, dig into all the available sources of information regarding the specific antique and find out everything there is to know about that specific antique including where it initially came from to the initial owner and the reason why it came to existence. This is also a good way to verify whether the information you already have concerning the antique is legit or not.
2. Document Provenance
One of the most important pieces of information you should make sure you have about antiques is exactly where they came from. In order to convince anyone that the antique is actually legit and that the value is worth the price you set it at, you should have evidence proving that the antique in your hand is actually what you say it is. In order to do this, provide evidence in form of a photograph, original sale receipt, certain new, handwritten source or any other online references to the antique.
3. Authentication of the antique
After you have gathered all the relevant information regarding the antique’s history, it is very important that you have the antique tested and proven by an expert. There is nothing that sells antiques more than a confirmation of how genuine they are. This should be your first step of action even before deciding whether it is worth researching on or not.
Sometimes the value of antiques is greater than you can think of. That is why you need a certified expert to help you put a value on your antiques, define how much it is worth and how much it should be sold. This is most efficient when the antique’s value is documented rather than being stated by word of mouth.
5. Proper storage
Antiques, due to their old age, can be a bit too fragile. There is a probability that your antique might get destroyed if it is not properly stored. You, therefore, need to follow the instruction on how to store it properly so that it does not lose the value you had hoped on.
It is important that you leave the antique in the same state you acquired it. Never try to give it a retouch to make it any more appealing to the customers. It is an antique and it should remain in the same “dirty and old” state you found it.