There’s nothing more exciting when watching one of those antiques shows…to see an old, beat-up “antique” get appraised at some unexpectedly high value!
So many items…paintings, folk art, glassware, furniture and pottery have the appraiser looking past the surface to discover that the item isn’t exactly what we took it to be…or is more than what it appeared to be. Consider a piece of costume jewelry from the 1930s that is worth more than some of the real-gem jewelry…or the old wood carving of a pig with a family name dating back to the mid-1800s. Each represented a modest representation of gems or art…but the value was substantial.
Then there is the antique book that has damaged pages…but because the original dust cover is in good condition, the value of the book is quadrupled! There was even a copy of a piece of 18th century American furniture… a spice cabinet that was crafted in the 19th century. The copy was very good, and had quality materials…and the appraiser estimated the value at nearly a hundred thousand dollars…for a copy!
Appraisers always ask the owner about the item’s historical story…or provenance. The appraiser often increases an item’s value based on its provenance…and many times they ask the owner to dig a little deeper in order to better establish story details…and possibly increase the item value.
In many instances, the item being appraised has a tear, nick, dent or paint issues… and the appraiser advises the owner to have repairs done by a conservator that works with glass, silver, paintings, etc.. The appraiser nearly always suggests that the hundred or two spent will reward the owner by adding substantial value to the item.
When we talk about falls with seniors…they sometimes jokingly refer to themselves as “antiques”. As the “appraiser” and the “conservator” of these “antiques”, we always ask about their provenance… the story of their problem and their relationship to the problem. Then, as we have them go through the “Fall Risk Assessment” process, these antiques often realize that by doing a little bit of work to repair their balance dings or nicks …their value increases.
There’s nothing better than rediscovering the joy of “antiques”.