Quiz: Antiques!

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Collecting antiques has been growing in popularity for more than 150 years. Antique collecting can be fun and profitable. How much do you really know about collecting antiques? Take this quiz and find out how you rate with the experts.

How old must an item be to qualify as an antique according to U.S. law?

According to U.S. law, any item that is at least 100 years old is considered an antique. However, many serious collectors disagree with this definition.

According to serious collectors, only items made before what year are considered antiques?

Many serious antique collectors will not even consider purchasing an item that was manufactured after 1830.

Why would an antique collector reject an item made after 1830?

It is true that items made prior to 1830 are rarer and therefore more valuable. However, the fact that the industrial age began around 1830 is the real reason that collectors prefer hand-crafted items made before that date.

Why would a collector prefer to purchase a Queen Anne chair made in 1710 to one made in 1890?

In some cases, the craftsmanship of an item made in 1890 can be superior and is still considered an antique. However, Queen Anne reigned from 1702-1714, making the chair a period antique, which is more valuable to collectors.

What event was considered a catalyst that triggered a passion for collecting antiques?

Historians consider the passion for collecting antiquities began during the excavation of perfectly preserved items from Pompeii. This historical dig began in 1748 under the direction of Charles III from Spain.

What event was considered as a catalyst that triggered a passion for collecting antiques is America?

Americans really became interested in collecting Antiques only around 1876, when the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia highlighted artifacts from the early beginnings of the United States.

What is one of the first factors considered to determine the selling price of an antique?

Unfortunately, a poorly designed or constructed piece will not bring a good price regardless of its age. A well-constructed quality piece is worth much more than a similar piece the same age that was poorly crafted.

If you own two antique chairs that are almost identical, what is one good way to determine which one has a higher value?

Compare the finish to determine if the chair has an original finish and if that finish is in good condition. An identical piece that has undergone restoration will be worth far less than if it sports the original finish.

Why is it rare to encounter fake antique furniture?

Not only are fake antiques expensive to produce, but it would also require a great deal of skill and expertise to create a fake piece that could fool an expert.

What did Harold Sack say is an important first step to detecting a fake, restored or reproduced antique furnishing?

Mr. Sacks describes the overall look of a piece as its aspect. Aspect is generally described as the overall look or appearance to the eye.

What is an important indicator of the age of an antique piece?

The type of wood used to craft a piece of furniture is one of the best indicators of its age. Various woods were favored during different periods and even by different makers.

What was a typical use for pine in antique furniture construction?

Pine was not considered a favorite for furniture construction, so it was hidden or disguised. Although pine has a very nice grain pattern, it is very soft and is easily damaged or marred.

Which wood was a favorite choice for Queen Anne period furniture?

Most Queen Anne period tables and chairs were made from walnut. Walnut was also used for colonial furnishings.

Which wood was a favorite used to construct Chippendale furniture items?

Mahogany was prominent in Chippendale items. Mahogany is favored for its rich grain and unique red color.

Which kind of wood was favored in colonial America to build furniture?

Cherry wood was used extensively in colonial America for its attractive, light red color and its abundant availability.

What wood product was not used to build furniture pieces prior to the 20th century?

Plywood and particleboard was never used to make furniture prior to the 20th century. Although plywood is durable, it is less desirable for quality furniture than solid wood.

What is one final way to determine that a furniture item made from wood is genuine antique and how old it may be?

Wood darkens and shrinks with age, causing antique furniture pieces to become misshapen or panels to pull away from their supporting frames. For example, you can look for a lighter color where the panel separated from the frame.

What is one excellent way to learn to recognize and identify authentic antiques?

Take advantage of museums in your area that feature antique displays. Museums often have seminars and classes and you can browse their collection or examine their documentation, confident that pieces on display have been professionally authenticated.

What is the best procedure to handle antique photographs?

Handle antique photographs only with clean, white cotton gloves. Place your antique pictures in individual archival envelopes and store the envelopes in archival boxes in a dry, cool and dark place.

What is considered the best way to preserve antique rugs and quilts?

The best way to ensure long life for antique rugs and quilts is to hang them on your walls. Make sure that these items are kept out of direct sunlight that can fade them quickly.

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