You hear about it all of the time. Someone buys an antique only to find out that they have been had and it is worth nowhere near what they paid or that it is not an antique at all. It might not even be the sellers fault as often the seller has been had before you.
So, how do you keep from becoming a victim of a fake antique when even the best in the field can be taken? It is not easy but there are some steps that you can take.
Avoid The Internet
The internet is not a good place to appraise your antique. You can get a general idea but you really need a hands on evaluation of your item to look for flaws or inconsistencies.
Hire An Appraiser
Perhaps one of the best ways to make sure that you are not taken is to hire an appraiser to make sure of it. An appraise can cost over 100 dollars an hour though, so make sure that it is a peace that justifies the price.
Buy From A Recognized Vender
If you are buying more than a trinket, you should do so from a vender with a solid reputation. If a person or company has been in business for any time, they will have a reputation in the community. Find someone with a solid one and you can be more assured that you are buying the real thing and an item worth close to what you are paying.
Do Your Research
Before shopping for your antique, do some research. Know the ins and outs of the company or person that made the antique. This will allow you to hopefully spot construction and material traits that are unique to them.
Look For Modern Materials
If you are shopping for a piece made in a certain era, know what was available in the time. Look for modern materials like plywood or fresh paint that you would not find on an antique. While old building methods can be duplicated, older materials often can not, at least not without a large cost.