| What are Collectible's?
We can again draw on Emyl
Jenkin's expertise. She defines 'Collectibles' as a catchall word that covers items made later
than 1889 that are actively being bought and collected.
They have two characteristics in common: (1) there are no
more being made, and (2) people are collecting them.
Should we consider reproduction furniture?
Emyl Jenkins, Reproduction Furniture,
Antiques for the Next Generation, help us appreciate the
consideration that quality American made reproduction
amongst collectors. She believes, "Most people prefer
(but suggests) a good
old reproduction can be more valuable - and better - than a
not-so-good antique." Period reproductions made in
the late 1800's and early 1900's are already or near the magical '100' year
old mark. She
is also talking about 'quality' and 'affordability', but not
about 'new' reproductions.
There is an increasing market for quality
reproductions. The difference in cost between a
'quality' old reproduction and a piece of 'period' furniture
can be thousands of dollars. A handful of companies
made exceptional quality period reproductions and their
pieces are fast becoming scarce. We have increased our interest in them and recommend
the same to our customers.
Are antiques a good investment? Quality antiques
are an excellent investment! Prior to 1860 our population
was much smaller, only limited numbers of quality pieces were
made even then, and many of them have not survived over time. Limited
supply and high demand for 'quality' antiques increase
their investment value. Antiques additionally have a living
value in that we can use and enjoy them while they compound in
real worth. Many collector's also attach an heirloom value
to antiques and plan to pass their prized antiques on to loved ones.
We strongly believe that 'quality' is the key to antiques collecting.
Quality is based upon a particular piece's style, form and proportions,
craftsmanship, construction techniques, materials, condition, and
provenance. The advice we have personally followed and
professionally recommend is to buy what you like and the best
you can afford.