Category Archives: antique appraisal

Toss it or Treasure it? Are There Gems Hiding in Your Jewelry Box?


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When going through your jewelry box, do you often find yourself looking at pieces you’ve never worn or have only worn a few times? If you’ve inherited these pieces or bought them for very little from an estate sale or auction, you might wonder if they’re really worth keeping. Should you toss them to make […]

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Selling Art? How to Identify the Artist, Artwork Age and Value


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Are you preparing to sell some of your artwork, but aren’t certain its value or its age? There are a few different things you need to look at to determine painting worth, and that includes who painted the piece and when they did it. Here are a few ways you can determine who the artist […]

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Trading Antiques & Keepsakes: What you need to know before hand


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Thinking about getting into the antiques trade? For some, it becomes a fun hobby that they make some money from. For others, it becomes a full-time job or becomes their job following retirement. No matter why you want to get into selling antiques & collectibles, there are a few things you should know before you […]

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Other than Selling, What Good Are Artifacts for?


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If you’ve collected artifacts, antiques, and other objects, you may have done so with the intent of selling them. But what if that’s not your plan at all? There are many ancient artifacts out there that look amazing, and you may not want to sell them at all. If you don’t sell them, what else […]

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Complete Liquidation guide: Avoid Getting Gouged


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If you hear about an estate sale or liquidation, you may be quite excited—it could be your chance to pick up some valuable antiques for a very good price, especially if no one there knows the true value of the items. In fact, some people seek out antique liquidation sales to purchase items for next […]

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I Am Downsizing My Antiques and Household Goods – What Are the 5 First Most Important Steps that I Should Take Before Selling?


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Has the time come where you are ready to downsize? Perhaps you are moving to a smaller home, hope to travel in the future, or just need some cash right away. Regardless of the reason, selling your household goods and antiques will likely be a big item on your downsizing checklist. However, there are some important steps […]

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7 Questions to Ask When of When Working with an Auction


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If you are interested in selling your antiques at an auction, it is important to choose the right auction house. On your quest to find the best place to sell your valuables, make sure you are asking the right questions. What Do You Charge for Pick Up? If you have antique furniture or another large […]

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I Have a Collection – How Do I Know What it is Worth? And Where Do I Sell It? Siesta Key | Longboat Key | Anna Maria


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In the world of buying and selling antiques, collections are more valuable than individual pieces. Collections are often highly sought after by dealers and collectors alike, so if you are ready to sell yours, you’ll need to be prepared. It is important to know exactly what your collection is worth and the best place to […]

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Pros and Cons of Using Estate Liquidation Professionals


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When you have to sell a house, the easiest part is getting the realtor to list it and show. The hardest part is what you do with all the stuff that has accumulated over the years. From clothes to furniture, from knickknacks to art, all of this has to be sifted through to determine what […]

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4 Famous Garden Sculptures Created by Janet Scudder


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Janet Scudder is an American sculptor who created a variety of artistic creations for both public institutions and private parties in the early 20th century. Scudder is best known for creating unique, ornamental garden sculptures, many of which were sought by wealthy Americans who wished to add them to the landscaped grounds of their lavish […]

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How to Find an Oriental Antique Dealer in Florida


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There might be a time that comes when you have an antique or even a complete antique set to sell because you need quick cash. Specifically, if you are looking to sell oriental antiques, you need to know exactly how to find oriental antique dealers in your area. Approaching a local Orlando oriental dealer or […]

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10 Points to Get Higher Appraisals for your Antiques | Tampa | Orlando | Miami | Bradenton


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Anyone who has decided to sell an antique knows that there are ways to increase your appraisal value just as there are ways for an appraiser to minimize the value. The key, of course, is to know what the appraisers look for before you ask for a valuation of your antiques and collectibles. Nowadays you […]

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Gorham’s Mythologigue Pattern


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Gorham’s Mythologigue pattern is a specific sterling silver flatware pattern with designs that have derived from ancient Greek mythology. The sterling silver flatware pattern was first copyrighted in 1895 and was designed by F. Antoine Heller, who was one of Gorham’s most famous designers. The entire Mythologigue collection consists of a total of 72 unique […]

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The History of Asian Bronzes


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The Bronze Age was known as a time where men learned how to mine and smelt both copper and tin to make bronze weapons and tools. These weapons and tools were necessary in the Bronze Age when people were learning how to farm and produce high volumes of food that could feed workers such as […]

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A Lost Art: Repousse Crafted Antiques


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Repoussé is an intricate detail and ornamental design in sterling silver, metal, thin copper and many other metals. Repoussé designed pieces of silver are done by a metalwork technique that consists of the hammering and shaping of malleable metal on the reverse side by hand. The literal meaning of repoussé in French is “to push […]

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Where to Get Antique Jewelry Appraisals Online?


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Whether you’re a fan of Antique Roadshow and started digging around in those boxes in the basement or you bought some jewelry at a garage sale and think you’ve hit the jackpot, you want to find out if that gem-studded bangle can be sold for money that reflects its right worth. What would you do […]

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Knowing a real Henry Moore Bronze Sculpture


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Born in 1898 in Castleford, Yorkshire, Henry Spencer Moore grew up to be an English sculptor and artist, and happened to be the most influential and famous sculptor of his generation. His father wanted to avoid having his children work in the mines and so he did everything he could to ensure his children were […]

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Russian Icons: History Of Russian Icon Art Characteristics


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Icons, a characteristic and symbolic part of Russian culture, have their roots back in the year 988 AD. It was the year that Kievan Rus’ converted to Christianity. For more that 1,000 years, the Greek division of Christian faith, Orthodox Christianity, educated and formed both cultural and spiritual basis of the Russian society. This led […]

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How to Identify Collectible Enamel


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Historical Background of Enamel Collectibles First used on small pieces of jewelry, enamel is not paint but a thin coat of glass. Once applied to a metal and heated to high temperatures, will melt and become fused to the metal. This is similar to how ceramic glazes adhere to pottery. Pure gold, silver and copper […]

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Our best expert tips to help you navigate how to downsize


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At some point, everyone needs to do downsizing- maybe you are an recent empty-nester, or a new caregiver for an elderly parent’s home. How can you downsize easily, while receiving the best return for your belongings? Follow these guidelines, especially geared for selling collectibles and antiques. 1. Decide if you’re really downsizing- how much do […]

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How to use ebay to Appraise your Antiques?


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Ebay is the world’s largest yard sale that has grown to over 157 million active users over the past 20 years. It’s amazing to me that there is any order to it at all. Despite the massive quantity of transactions that occur each day, it can potentially be a great resource to those looking to […]

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Do I Need An Antique Appraisal?


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The simple answer is yes. If you hope to sell any historical, artistic work then an antique appraisal is absolutely vital to receiving a fair price. In fact, acquiring an accurate market analysis from a knowledgeable source in the Sarasota area is perhaps the most important part of the selling process. What’s So Complicated about […]

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Antiques Roadshow in Florida


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At Sarasota Antique Buyers, we’re always excited when the Antiques Roadshow is nearby.  In 2005 the show started its 10th tour right here in Tampa, and in the years following has made a stop in two other major Florida cities as well.  In 2010 the show came to sunny Miami Beach, and 2013 found them […]

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