All of us, no matter from which part of the world do we belong, what languages we speak or what our favorite food is, hobbies are something that are common to us all. People, from a long time have taken a serious interest in hobbies related to collecting things. Be it coins, international stamps or as we are just about to discuss, antique items, it is one of the most popular pastimes for people of all ages and tastes. It is more of a human tendency that is deep rooted than a latest trend. If we take a look at the historical evolution of the race, we will find several instances where humans tend to collect things that are important for his survival. Initially, although a survival instinct, antique collection is far more sophisticated a pastime hobby now. It is cent percent true that more than 50% of the world population, strewn across the seven continents does collect something or the other but to call it a hobby strictly there are a few parameters. Read along to unfurl a step-wise guide about how to be an ace antique collector,
Before anything else, a thing of great importance and even greater help if you a novice collector is that this market is all about buying and selling and is not the purest of businesses you can find. The number of fakes is far more than the real ones so it is of a paramount importance that you know how to differentiate between the two easily. Although only time and exposure can make you, a pro in the art but a few tips might atleast get you started. While collecting furniture pieces see if the one you choose is well crafted or not. A fake is always more even and regular in the make while the original piece of art has nooks and crannies, rugged edges etc. It continues for glass items where the originals are a little rough and thicker than the fixes.
After you know how to judge between a faux and a real artistic excellence, it is important that you know the places and dealers who can give the best deals. It is no meager amount that you are dealing with and it is always helpful if you have a prior knowledge of the price trends in different times. This helps you analyze and make a purchase while the prices are low and sell them when they soar high, making you a substantial profit.
After you are in possession of your antique curio, it is very important to take due care of it and maintain its ethnicity. To do this task better, it is essential to know the class of collectibles it belongs to as the cleaning and storage techniques depend largely on the composition. For example, it is best to leave coins and currencies the way the dealer found the. Interfering with the surrounding might be disastrous for them. On the contrary, ceramics and glassware need regular monitoring and cleaning with soap and water. Brass items due to environmental degradation develop a greenish coating that must be cleaned with patina, a mix of flour, salt and vinegar.