Investing in antique furniture can make good sense in the present financial climate. How much better to invest in something that you can enjoy and use everyday and probably for the rest of your life, even to pass on to your children and grandchildren.
Many people value the beauty, quality and expert workmanship that antique furniture has to offer. They choose to invest in good quality antique furniture and despite a recent slump in ‘brown furniture’ antique desks have never really gone out of fashion and have always remained popular in Europe, USA and Canada.
Firstly it is important to choose a reputable antique dealer to ensure the descriptions accurate and you will have recompense if you are not happy with your purchase. Look for a business that has the backing of a professional association such as LAPADA, this will ensure that they operate by a strict code of conduct and regulates the dealers offering customers security against miss-selling
As an investment, it can make good sense to enjoy the financial investments we have in a tangible form rather than leaving it in poorly performing accounts. Good quality antique furniture will always sell, even if some styles go out of fashion at times. Although brown furniture did see a slump in popularity recently antique desks and writing tables have remained popular here and Europe, USA and Canada where customer value the beauty, quality and expert workmanship that antique furniture has to offer.
Look at the Drawers:
A good indicator of quality are the drawer linings, those made in oak, mahogany and cedar are generally best.
Also most antique cabinet work has been crafted by hand and the drawers have small fine dovetailed joints.
If you see thick wide dovetails this suggests they have been machine made.
Look at the locks and furniture stamps:
If the piece has the original locks, and especially if they are stamped with the manufacturers name this is also an indicator of good quality.
N.B. Most old desks have been restored at least once during their life and this is not going to detract from the authenticity of the piece.
Check that it has been restored sympathetically not overdone and undertaken in a traditional manner with a
French polished or waxed finish, not polyurethane varnish!
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