What You Should Know Before Investing In Antiques And Collectibles

Anything old can be new again and in the case of antiques and collectibles, they are often desirable investments. Of course, there are certain factors that will determine whether or not you should consider purchasing any item labeled an antique or a collectible. Before you commit, here are things you need to know.

Antiques are Not Always Collectibles and Vice Versa.

An antique, as defined by U.S. law, is any object or item that is 100 years old or older. A collectible, on the other hand, is any object or item that was produced for the sole purpose of being part of a collection. These may include coins, vinyl records, classic cars, baseball cards, and yes, even furniture provided it is an older piece.

Not All Antiques are Created Equal.

Some antiques are highly prized compared to others of their kind. Pieces that come with a history, for example, or have supporting documentation are often worth more. Antiques, as well as collectibles, must also be in good condition and of good quality to fetch a higher price.

If the piece is rare or is quite popular among buyers and collectors, it can be sold or purchased at a good price. Rarity may be determined by the presence (or lack) of the same or similar items. An antique or collectible that was produced in small quantities is often considered rare and may also be highly sought-after if it is signed.

Some Types of Antiques are Fairly Common.

Some antique pieces were mass-produced during their time, which means they may be more common. Plates, for example, teacups, utensils, pots, and vases are easy to find in shops. Surprisingly, antique farm equipment is also generally easy to find, both in brick-and-mortar shops and online websites.

Yes, There are Fakes Out There.

When pieces are so highly prized, it is quite possible to find reproductions that are being sold as genuine collectibles and antiques. While there are reproductions that are being sold as such, there are also items that are being passed off as authentic items by unscrupulous sellers. Many of these fakes are well-made and often difficult to identify, which is why it is important to come well-informed or at least, have the guidance of someone who can make the proper identifications.

An appraisal is Often Necessary.

A proper appraisal from a certified professional helps a lot in determining the fair price for any antique or collectible. A certified appraisal can help you set a higher price for your item and is also required if you decide to donate it.

What Makes Wedgewood Jasperware So Unique?

The word “Wedgewood” brings to mind quality and class. The fine accessories manufacturer was established in 1759 by Josiah Wedgewood and it quickly became the most successful companies in Europe. The company became renowned for its quality stoneware and earthenware; the quality was considered almost equivalent to porcelain, but in a much affordable price bracket. The most popular pieces could be considered Wedgwood Jasperware. These pieces had a unique dull matte finish with contrasting lighter designs.

A little history.

The very first designs were released in the early-1770s and quickly became very popular with the masses. Other potters started copying the designs and Wedgewood fakes became popular with the masses as well. However, the initial Wedgewood designs were in the Neoclassical style. The pots usually had relief images that were made in molds and applied to the pottery in the form of sprigs. These relief patterns usually involved portraits of important personalities, but sceneries and garden images were popular well. The company initially started producing a variety of decorative items for daily wear. However, with time, the company diversified into tea ware that was glazed on the inside and tableware designed for serving.

Typical composition and designs.

The company jealously guards its formulation for the beautiful “Wedgewood” blue, however, barium sulphate is supposed to the primary ingredient. Over time, the company also diversified into pale blue, dark blue, light green, lilac, blue and yellow. This combination of colors changed over time and signature limited-edition pieces were released to the market.

However, yellow was rarely used in Wedgewood ware and very pieces were made that included the traditional blue and other tints. Wedgewood also commissioned several artists to create unique wall plaques for decorative uses. For example, artists George Stubbs and William Wood created several signature pieces for celebrity clients like Lady Diana Beauclerk and Lady Templeton. The most popular pieces were made by John Flaxman Jr. who created wax casts so that his pieces could be mass-made. In fact, some of his designs are still in production. Wedgwood Jasperware also borrowed inspiration from antique cameo glass patterns, classical paintings and sculpture.

Recognizing Wedgewood

The classical blue and white pottery is easy to recognize. Apart from the colors, the pottery will also be signed or stamped with the WEDGEWOOD seal. In some pieces, a three-letter seal with the date and time will also be present. In later pieces, WEDGEWOOD MADE IN ENGLAND is usually found as a complete stamp.