One of the most difficult challenges faced by antique collectable shoppers is differentiating between fake and original antique collectibles. It is often hard to tell which ones are original, which ones are reproductions, which ones are fake, and which ones are just plain old. By definition, vintage collectibles mean objects produced in previous times that are valuable because of their rarity. Technically, these are items that are as least 100 years old, especially when furniture is concerned.
By European standards, specifically, items are only considered to be an antique if they were made before 1832 and the Industrial Revolution, as well as when objects were made by hand. But, consideration of time period only makes ancient objects old not antique. Only those art pieces are considered as antique that has something unusual- a rare factor, and also its condition is still well after prolonged period of change.
However, when looking to purchase antique collectibles, it is advisable to educate yourself on the specific item you are looking to buy. Do not purchase the first piece you come upon no matter what the dealer says. Do not bow to pressure. Instead, take the time to shop around and get to know your dealer and collectible items in his store.
Antique collectible reproductions are items that are mass-produced to look like antique items. You do not want to be swindled, buying a fake or a forgery thinking of them as real art work. So here are some basic guidelines. Firstly, an item cannot be from the 18th century if there are circular saw marks in the wood. Turn the item over and examine it for type of saw used. Also, vintage collectible dealers will not have multiples of the same items. This is a sure-sign that the item has been mass produced.
Examine the antique carefully. Is the underside of the collectible painted, stained or varnished? This should not be so and it means that the manufacturer is trying to hide something. Remember thata ntique collectibles are symmetrical. Make sure there are no differences in the style or details in between the top and bottoms of the items. Antique furniture will be imperfect due to shrinkage of wood. Look at the hardware. Antique furniture will not have new, shiny, or modern screws. A good suggestion is to always trust your gut feelings. If you have any doubts about the authenticity of the item, do not buy it. Chances are your instinct is right. And always, always, ask the dealer for a certificate of authenticity, and if they offer a money back guarantee. If they are not willing to guarantee the item, then they are not willing to stand by the genuineness of the item.