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How Authentic are Your Antique Plates—Some Points to Consider

By Selina Mckinley Subscribe to RSS | December 22nd 2011 | Views:
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Antique plates enthusiasts started to grow in numbers. A lot of people nowadays start recognizing the value of plates from the past decades or even older. Some would even spend a lot to get good old plates or dinnerware sets from the Victorian era.

Antique plates are usually handed down from generation to generation. But sometimes they are sold in auctions so from a family heirloom their ownership were transferred to other people. Just imagine, you can have the century old antique plate from the tombs in Egypt. But a problem of antique collectors and enthusiasts is identifying how authentic are of the pieces of antique plates they have on their collections.

Here are three things consider and look at to identify the authenticity of antique plates or any other antique pieces:

How old are these plates? It is a primary consideration on identifying the authenticity of your antique plate collections. A good antique plate can age five decades old or so. But it is best to find century old collections. You can be the luckiest to purchase a plate that age goes beyond centuries.

Antique plates that stand the test of times are very much valuable—the older the plate, the better. The more time the lifetime of a plate the more valuable it can get. Age something to look at when collecting antique plates or any other antique collectibles.

How does your plate look? Artistry plays a great role in identifying antiques. Of course there are quite a number of differences on the art design on the plates from the past to the modern. Usually, figures and designs from the past are composed of ancient tradition designs carved or drawn shapes that tells stories of customs and culture. Some designs are simple that you can already tell from which era it came from. Though, an antique plate collector should also be careful on choosing a genuine antique plate when basing on their designs since there are a lot of antique plate replicas in the market that can be regarded as fakes.

Where did these plates came from? Where was it manufactured? Origin is important in identifying the authenticity of antique plates. You can identify them through the marking that are usually put under or at back of the plates. When you see the markings, you may also do a research on them to identify whether they are really authentic or not.

There are a lot of things to know when collecting antique plates. And it is necessary to know these considerations before buying or purchasing one. If you are uncertain of the authenticity of the plates you are to purchase or buy or say the plates in your collections, the best moves to do are research or seek for an antique expert’s advice.

For those who are just starting their antique plates collecting venture, keep in mind that familiarizing antique plates is a good jump start. So reading about antique plates and spending time to know more about them is a must.

Selina Mckinley - About Author:
Antique plates collecting is one of the most exciting hobbies today. Learn more about this worthy leisure. Start your own antique plate collection NOW!

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